Jean Butzen is a former nonprofit CEO who now uses her 30+ years of experience to offer consulting -- and to publish this blog -- on values-driven mergers, partnerships, and management for nonprofits.
Jean M. Butzen
Mission Plus Strategy Consulting
I have been a leader in the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years, having worked in community organizing, nonprofit supportive housing, and homeless and affordable housing policy.
I was the founding Executive Director of Lakefront Supportive Housing in 1986. At Lakefront, I took a brand new nonprofit and made it into the largest supportive housing provider in the Midwest, with 1,000 units of housing and services for homeless adults and families in four Chicago neighborhoods, an annual combined budget of $16M, assets worth $60M, and a staff of 200 people.
In 2005, after analyzing the funding environment for nonprofits like Lakefront, I initiated and led a merger of the organization with Mercy Housing, Inc., based in Denver (downloadable Word document), which resulted in leveraging Lakefront's premier supportive housing model into the Mercy network.
In 2006, I launched Mission Plus Strategy Consulting. I focus on strategic restructuring strategies such as mergers, partnerships, and alliances for delivering social value.
Most of all, I believe that Mission + Strategy = Social Value, and that nonprofit business strategy is underutilized in achieving mission. I hope to help change that with this blog and with my work in consulting.
Awards + Recognition
+ Chicago Sun-Times series, “100 Most Influential Women in Chicago,” Named "Fourth Most Powerful Woman in the Nonprofit Sector,” 2004
+ Leadership Greater Chicago, 2001 Distinguished Fellow and Fellow, Class of 1995
+ Arthur Morgan Award, Antioch College Alumni Association, 2000
+ Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Leadership, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, 1994
+ 40 Under 40 Award, Crain’s Chicago Business, 1992
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