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ELM

Expect Little Miracles

aka ELM Foundation   |   Huntsville, AL   |  www.elmhsv.org

Mission

Our mission is to create “Little Miracles" in the lives of people with demonstrated need, potential and drive by developing the individual capacity for self-sufficiency, stewardship and service.

Ruling year info

2013

Board Chairman

John Nolan

Main address

7501 Memorial Pkwy SW Suite 115

Huntsville, AL 35802 USA

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EIN

46-0921239

NTEE code info

Personal Social Services (P50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (J12)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The ELM Foundation is a Private Operating Foundation that works to reverse the cycle of poverty by helping individuals and families set goals and create plans so that they can find the resources they need to support their families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Self Sufficiency Grants

We work with individuals and families who are doing the best they can and who need a "little miracle" to help them achieve success. We work with the participant to establish long term goals using strengths, resources, and assets to fill gaps between problems and solutions. Working closely with a case manager helps assure accountability to agreed upon goals as identified in a development plan. Grants may be used to fund education, job development, transportation, child care or to overcome any barrier that keeps an individual or family from becoming self reliant and living a life of service.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Participants set specific employment goals to increase their employability. Barriers to employment are identified including access to child care and transportation. Training and education gaps are identified and goals are set to complete programs, job training, and certifications. Grants are funded to remove barriers and increase opportunities. Paid internships and apprenticeships are also available in partnership with placement services. Intensive case management and accountability are required for participation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Community organizations don't always collaborate effectively to meet community needs without duplicating services. Through ELM's Community Connections monthly meetings and CharityTracker online platform, organizations can work together for greater community impact by building relationships, sharing information, and leveraging resources. As a result, they better meet client and community needs.

Monthly meetings occur on the second Thursday at 9:00AM in the Main Library Auditorium in Huntsville AL.
The ELM Foundation serves as the administrator for the Madison County CharityTracker network and also provides training and technical assistance. CharityTracker is a web-based platform that connects nearly 300 community organizations and helps them leverage their resources to better meet client needs through a community wide care management network.

Population(s) Served

Since 2012, The ELM Foundation has been devoted to a mission to end generational poverty. In that effort, we have discovered and shared new ways for nonprofits to collaborate and help people in poverty become self-sufficient. The Pathway Model was developed as a tool to help start a community conversation about focusing on what we each do best as we work together to help our clients progress toward self-reliance. ELM's Pathway to Sustainability takes the Community Connections Program to the next level by helping organizations and agencies understand an individual’s journey and intentionally focus organizational impact based on mission, expertise, and experience. Training on Pathway for boards and staff began in 2021 and continues as five local agencies share a year of training a collaboration with one another.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Womens Endowment Grant $50,000 2018

Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

Womens Endowment Grant $25,000 2019

Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars per person served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average development grant per individual per year

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Self Sufficiency Grants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Participants receiving grants from ELM for development plans and actively participating in setting and achieving goals

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Connections

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of organizations on Madison County CharityTracker network

Number of organizations accessing technical assistance offerings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Connections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of people receiving CharityTracker training online and in person

Number of referrals to resources offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Connections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of people assisted and referred through CharityTracker

Number of personal development plans in place

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Self Sufficiency Grants

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each ELM participant who receives a development grant must complete and comply with a development plan

Number of coalition meetings

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Connections

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of Community Connections meetings held

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to create “Little Miracles” in the lives of people with demonstrated need, potential and drive by developing the individual capacity for self-sufficiency, stewardship and service. Our ideal participants are individuals who are capable, motivated, and willing to work and who need “little miracles” to help them become self-sufficient.

The ELM Foundation is a faith based, private operating foundation that works to reverse the cycle of poverty by helping individuals and families set goals, create plans, and access resources to become economically independent. Accountability, stewardship, and service are critical to the success of our model. Participation is by referral only. We accept referrals from non profit organizations, clergy, and community leaders. Our Programs

We work with individuals and families who are doing the best they can and who need a "little miracle" to help them achieve success. We work with the participant to establish long term goals using strengths, resources, and assets to fill gaps between problems and solutions. Working closely with a case manager helps assure accountability to agreed upon goals as identified in a development plan. Grants may be used to fund education, job development, transportation, child care or to overcome any barrier that keeps an individual or family from becoming s

We are in the business of helping individuals and families become self-reliant and free from debt and government dependence. The generosity of our donors enables us to make grants that help our participants achieve their goals and become economically independent. We have worked with over 200 participants since 2012. A hallmark of our model is intensive case management. Each of these individuals has met with our case manager to review their needs and funding gaps and has created a development plan to take them to self-reliance. Grants have been awarded for child care, job training, tuition, books and fees, housing, and a variety of needs unique to each individual. Intensive case management requires commitment to the development and accountability for results. Regular meetings with the case manager assures that commitments are kept and success is celebrated.

We have funded nearly $1 million in grants since 2012. Our participants have graduated from college, become employed, bought homes, and are contributing meaningfully in their communities. To learn more about our participant stories, visit our website https://www.expectlittlemiracleshsv.org/copy-of-success-stories

We have recently been awarded a $50,000 grant to help us expand our case management model across North Alabama. We are helping to create a collaborative community case management system using unlimited subscriptions to CharityTracker, a web based collaborative case management system.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ELM

Board of directors
as of 03/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Nolan

JAHR 2010 LLC

Term: 2012 - 2024

Ryan Lindow

Compass Homes Alabama

Aaron Biggs

Cubic Corporation

Alexis Nolan Lindow

Helen Nolan

Roby Roberts

Oracle

Jennie Robinson

City of Huntsville

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/29/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.