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Impact & Past Projects

Case Studies

Growth Strategy – Finding the Right Partners for Apna Ghar

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Apna Ghar works to end gender violence through critical, culturally competent, services. Given the pervasiveness of gender violence, the board sought to increase the organization’s reach and diversify its revenue sources. Strategic partnerships were an option, but what kind? Apna Ghar needed a plan.

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Planning for the future while rapidly addressing an increased need for mental health support – with virtual services and the first all virtual BANC project

The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) DuPage fills a gap that is vital for supporting and empowering all people impacted by mental health conditions to live life with purpose and meaning. To support a change in leadership NAMI DuPage sought help with foundational work to review the business, assess priorities, and establish a 3-5 year strategic plan. Then COVID-19 hit.

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Answering a critical question at the crossroads of growth: market sizing to support future ability to drive the mission of reducing patient stress and uncertainty

Illinois Medical District Guest House

For patients and their families facing the uncertainty associated with serious illness and care for complex healthcare conditions, Illinois Medical District (IMD) Guest House eases the stress and financial burden by providing comfortable, affordable, and convenient lodging throughout treatment. IMB Guest House sought out BANC to understand the social services referral systems; assess barriers of access; discover new lines of service; and identify areas of growth. 

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Financial modeling and more: a path to sustainability for Thresholds Substance Use Program

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Thresholds helps people with mental health and substance use conditions reclaim their lives. Their unique approach: clients don’t come to them, Thresholds’ teams go into the community and meet people where they are. BANC consultants were brought in to analyze program financials and illuminate a path to profitability. 

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From the Beginning: Recommending Strategic Segments and Services to Support Growth for the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)


With a clear vision, thoughtful groundwork, passionate leaders, and the sound reputation of Chicago Booth as a foundation, Gayle Haller and Judy Maley set out to launch the first round of BANC projects five years ago, in 2015. With help spreading the word about the pilot program from the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago, BANC found and confirmed one of its first two clients: the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC).

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Project Case Study: Taking a Chance to Invest in the Future

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Maria Kim, CEO of Cara, was in the right place at the right time. As a Chicago Booth alum and nonprofit leader, Maria was working closely with the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation when she was presented an opportunity to initiate a project with the newly formed Booth Alumni Nonprofit Consultants (BANC). Taking a chance as one of the first BANC projects would ultimately help build a foundation that today strengthens and supports Cara’s ability to deliver on its mission.

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Project Case Study: Mission-Impact Indicators Guide Priorities for Prevent Blindness

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Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness brings Americans to eye care, touching millions of lives each year providing outreach to people at the highest risk of vision loss, quality vision screenings for children, access to professional eye care for low income families, and ongoing research and advocacy to fight blindness and save sight. With annual spending of more than nine million dollars, a robust network of contributors, and a vast network of partners and stakeholders, Prevent Blindness and its affiliates sought a way to better capture and highlight high-level progress through data-driven metrics. For an objective perspective and strategic expertise, Prevent Blindness sought help from BANC.

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Rapid Transformation: Meeting Increased Demand for Community Food Assistance with Completely New Operational Approach during the Pandemic

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The coronavirus pandemic changed how we live and work—essentially overnight. For Loaves & Fishes Community Services, a Naperville-based not-for-profit and an essential service, it was a perfect storm of market forces: demand for food grew dramatically and food supply decreased due to supply chain interruptions. On top of that, due to COVID social distancing requirements, the labor force had to be reduced by 80%, and the in-person shopping model was no longer feasible. Loaves & Fishes did more than simply adapt, they transformed their operations to offer curbside pickup, expanded their market, and increased service to more than 1,000 families per week, while remaining true to their mission of providing healthy meals.

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We’ve been honored to work with the following clients, some multiple times, as well as others not listed to maintain confidentiality.

 About Face Theatre  Margaret’s Village
 Alternatives  NAMI Dupage
 Apna Ghar  North Lawndale Employment Network
 Between Friends Chicago  One Million Degrees
 Cara Chicago  Prevent Blindness
 Chicago Children’s Theater  Streetwise
 College Bound Opportunities  Thresholds
 Court Theatre  Thrive Chicago
 Housing Opportunities & Maintenance for the Elderly (H.O.M.E)  University of Chicago Women’s Board
 Hyde Park Neighborhood Club  Urban Autism Solutions
 Illinois Medical District Guest House  Urban Prep Academies
 Inner Voice  Women’s Business Development Center
 Loaves & Fishes Community Services