With a newly established strategic plan, Safe & Sound is beefing up its community organizing and youth organizing initiatives to build safe, empowered neighborhoods and refocusing its funding in order to maximize its impact.
Since its inception in 1998, the nonprofit has sponsored “safe places” – area organizations like United Community Center and Boys & Girls Clubs that specialize in youth development programming and youth-led crime reduction strategies. But as Safe & Sound implements its new strategy this year, the organization will no longer fund safe places in the community.
“After a thorough strategic planning process and consideration of Safe & Sound’s financial model, we made the difficult decision to shift out of our role as a funder in 2015 and focus our resources on our core competencies,” said Katie Sanders, executive director of the nonprofit. “Our neighborhood strategy, which now includes youth-focused organizing, allows Safe & Sound to maintain a sustainable financial model and deepens our impact in the community.”
Read more in Tuesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes reporter Erica Breunlin.