Supporting a respectful, collaborative process
Treehouse in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is inspiring a Re-Envisioning of Foster Care in America. It began the process in 2006, the year the first intergenerational Treehouse Community opened—an award-winning neighborhood where families adopting children from foster care live next door to elders, ages 55 and over, who act as “honorary grandparents.” The Treehouse Community model is currently being replicated in Massachusetts and in California. Treehouse Founder and CEO, Judy Cockerton, originally came to us for customized strategic planning and board training. Once that was accomplished, Treehouse was ready for strategic fundraising and organizational development support.
Judy says: “Rainmaker did a stellar job leading our 2011 strategic planning process, so we asked the Rainmaker staff to support our fundraising and organizational development. The Rainmakers are phenomenal role models. Whenever I’m going into an important meeting, I think to myself, ‘Channel the Rainmakers!’ In addition, they are fabulous thought partners who know how to bring people together in a truly respectful and collaborative way. Working with Rainmaker, we have created a dynamic development team, significantly increased our individual donor engagement and doubled our annual budget. In addition, we’ve secured government funding to expand the intergenerational Treehouse Community model in Massachusetts. Having Rainmaker on the Treehouse team strengthens us. That’s why we just requested that Rainmaker lead our 2017 strategic planning process.”