Well into the 20th Century, children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were often marginalized and too often institutionalized. Driven by the passion and commitment of a core group of parents, Little City Foundation opened its doors more than 50 years ago to provide help, hope, dignity and love for children with disabilities. It was a revolutionary concept.
Today, Little City continues to carry on that tradition, ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live safely, work productively, explore creatively and learn continuously throughout their lifetimes.
Unfortunately, the nonprofit was experiencing significant and sustained challenges to its existing service delivery and business model. MG engaged in a comprehensive planning process—including engagement with internal and external stakeholders and constituencies—to modify Little City’s program and service mix to be responsive to community trends and funding realities, and to capitalize on the organization’s existing strengths.
The resulting plan represented a fundamental shift in Little City’s mission, audience profile, programs and services, and operating model. Initial reticence on the part of some board and staff was overcome by assuring transparency in the process and ample opportunities for input and engagement.
The plan was ultimately adopted by Little City’s board of directors and is currently in its early stages of implementation.