Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

PASSION FOR CHANGE

  • Westlake, OH
  • http://www.passionforchange.org

Mission Statement

Passion for Change is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), which serves as a catalyst in breaking the stigma of mental illness by shedding light, challenging misperception and driving change through research, advocacy and education.

Main Programs

  1. Communicators for Mental Health

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Passion for Change is designed to address issues and provide solutions both locally and with a national scope. Our core program is Communicators for Mental Health, designed to train professionals in the communications field as educated advocates for mental health and pro bono volunteers who are matched with underfunded local mental health organizations.

This program, currently a research project (Greater Cleveland Pilot Project) with both qualitative and quantitative outcome measurements, is designed as a national prototype.

ruling year

2007

President & CEO since 2007

Self-reported

Marilyn Mongeon Quill

Keywords

Self-reported

mental health, advocacy, Communicators for Mental Health, Stigma, Social Justice, Addiction

Notes from the Nonprofit

Passion for Change is unique and entrepreneurial. While we occasionally present special speakers, our major focus is developing Communicators for Mental Health as a national prototype. The program is currently a Greater Cleveland pilot project.

One of our major program achievements is the development of the six-hour, online certificate course, "Understanding Mental Illness, Addiction, Stigma & Advocacy - A Communicators for Mental Health Primer and Certificate Course."

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EIN

20-5286315

 Number

3437886745

Physical Address

28263 Center Ridge Road Suite E-12

Westlake, OH 44145 3846

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Passion for Change collaborates with its board of directors, a group of dedicated pro-bono consultants and reps from local mental health and professional-communications organizations in both developing (earlier Phase I) and now implementing (Phase II) the Communicators for Mental Health Greater Cleveland Pilot Project--an exciting research project harnessing the expertise and volunteerism of professionals in marketing and communications.

Marketing and communications professionals participating in the pilot project are taking the online certificate training course, "Understanding Mental Illness, Addiction, Stigma & Advocacy – A Communicators for Mental Health Primer and Certificate Course," including pre- and post-course outcome measurements. Additionally, some have started the pro bono project piece with local mental health and addiction organizations.

This project is directly aligned with our mission of breaking stigma utilizing research, education and advocacy.

Programs

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

Program 1

Communicators for Mental Health

Communicators for Mental Health: Trains professionals in the marketing and communications fields as educated advocates for mental health in every facet of their lives. Additionally, they make a commitment to do a pro bono project with a local mental health or addiction organization.

 

 1) Trains professional communicators to be mental health advocates in their workplaces and their greater spheres of influence within their communities, and

 

2) Matches them as pro-bono volunteers with underfunded mental-health agencies within their communities that need their expertise and assistance, and

 

3) Greatly extends the outreach and impact of mental health agencies in reaching key groups, such as mental health consumers, their families, employers, legislators, the criminal justice system and others in reducing stigma and discrimination. Treatment works. People recover.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The majority of time, effort and fund allocation related to mental health and addiction in the United States is spent on crisis intervention--throwing funding at individuals already desperate or dying. Passion for Change's major focus is in areas of education, prevention, advocacy and support--to address the root problems rather than waiting until people are in crisis.

    Our core program, "Communicators for Mental Health," is ground-breaking in this effort and is designed as a national prototype, including:

    --Educational training and advocacy in breaking the stigma of mental illness
    --A formal, written commitment by participants to be advocates for mental health in every facet of their lives
    --Offering pro bono marketing and communications support to local mental health and addiction organizations

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our core program, Communicators for Mental Health, is a Greater Cleveland Pilot Project and the driving strategy in reaching and training professionals in the marketing and communications fields to be educated advocates for mental health and catalysts in breaking the stigma of mental illness.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our unique and comprehensive online course, "Understanding Mental Illness, Addiction, Stigma and Advocacy - A Communicators for Mental Health Primer and Certificate Course," is the springboard for educating professionals in marketing and communications to be advocates for mental health in every facet of their lives.

    Once they are trained, Passion for Change matches these professionals, pro bono, with local mental health and addiction organizations that need their skills and expertise for a particular marketing or communications project.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Communicators for Mental Health Greater Cleveland Pilot Project includes formal qualitative and quantitative outcome measurements. Knowledge Checks are included after each section of the online course. Both pre- and post-course surveys are used to measure its effectiveness in participant knowledge, attitudes and behavior.

    In matching marketing and communications professionals with mental health and addiction organizations, quantitative and qualitative measures are also done to determine values in donated time and effective outcomes.

    Our research project goals are:
    -- 25 to 50 marketing and communications professionals signed up for the course
    -- Minimum of 25 through the entire project
    -- Serve 10 to 15 mental health and addition organizations with a pro bono project
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Outcome measurements for our core program, Communicators for Mental Health, have been designed and then reviewed by CWRU researcher Dr. Rob Fischer.

    Our copyrighted training course, "Understanding Mental Illness, Addiction, Stigma and Advocacy - A Communicators for Mental Health Primer and Certificate Course," is online with ProProfs, a highly respected national provider of online education. Approximately 30 marketing and communications professionals have signed up for the course, with grads praising the course quality.

    We have also started the pro bono project phase of Communicators for Mental Health, and continue recruiting and vetting additional participants for the Greater Cleveland Pilot Project, which is a national prototype.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

Passion for Change is designed to address issues and provide solutions both locally and with a national scope. Our core program is Communicators for Mental Health, designed to train professionals in the communications field as educated advocates for mental health and pro bono volunteers who are matched with underfunded local mental health organizations.

This program, currently a research project (Greater Cleveland Pilot Project) with both qualitative and quantitative outcome measurements, is designed as a national prototype.

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Funding Needs

We continue to raise funds to complete the Greater Cleveland Pilot Project of  Communicators for Mental Health, Passion for Change's core program by 12/31/2016.

Affiliations + Memberships

Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

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Operations

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PASSION FOR CHANGE

Leadership

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President & CEO

Marilyn Mongeon Quill

BIO

20+ years in the communications and volunteer administration fields. Education: Kent State University: B.S. in Journalism; major in Public Relations; minor in Business Management. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University: M.S. in Executive Program, Communications Management. Award-winning capstone research project: "Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness: Using Public Relations as a Catalyst Toward Success."

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"Passion for Change is different …

The majority of time, effort and fund allocation related to mental health and addiction in the United States is spent on crisis intervention--throwing funding at individuals already desperate or dying. Passion for Change's major focus is in areas of education, prevention, advocacy and support--to address the root problems rather than waiting until people are in crisis.

Our core program, Communicators for Mental Health, is ground-breaking in this effort and is designed as a national prototype, including:

--Educational training and advocacy in breaking the stigma of mental illness
--A formal, written commitment by participants to be advocates for mental health in every facet of their lives
--Offering pro bono marketing and communications support to local mental health and addiction organizations

Join with us, as Passion for Change conducts the Communicators for Mental Health Greater Cleveland Pilot Project. Whether a donor, volunteer or pilot project participant--you can be a catalyst in breaking the stigma of mental illness!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gerald H Goldberg MBA

Goldberg, Quill & Associates, LLC

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity