Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 770 South Post Oak Lane Suite 525 Houston TX 77056 USA

Mission: to provide social purpose ministries with a professional forum to strengthen their capacity to fulfill their mission.
Results: • Ministries equipped to meet the increase in the demand for services • Funding increased and diversified • Number of volunteers increased and new partnerships developed • Personnel and volunteer management programs enhanced • Board and executive director leadership strengthened • Technology infrastructure improved, resulting in better data tracking and management • Long-term strategies developed
Target demographics: The working poor, families and individuals at high risk of homelessness and the homeless.
Direct beneficiaries per year: ACAM's 12 members serve 274,000 annually
Geographic areas served: Greater Houston Region: Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazoria counties.
Programs: Capacity Building: ACAM promotes sound practices in nonprofit operations and programming. Organizational assessments inform members on areas of strength and weakness and are used to develop capacity building plans. ACAM supports plan implementation through stipends for training and consulting and direct grants to develop organizational infrastructure. Networking and Training: This component promotes best practice knowledge, peer learning and information exchange for the following groups: executive directors, resource development managers, volunteer coordinators, client service managers and thrift store managers. Peer mentoring relationships are developed among executive directors. This component also helps to build relationships between ACAM members and funders. Advocacy and Outreach: This component is aimed at increasing membership by reaching out to underserved parts of Greater Houston, raising the profile of CAMs as service hubs in their communities and raising awareness around the issues affecting the people served by the CAMs. Activities are focused on rallying support for initiatives and funding that will provide pathways out of poverty for the CAMs’ clients. Collaborative Initiatives: ACAM helps members use their collective strength to develop city-wide service streams and service models that address root causes of poverty. ACAM also organizes member- and funder-driven initiatives to provide immediate response to member needs. ACAM is effective in coordinating efforts to address emergency situations affecting the lives of the clients served by the CAMs, including but not limited to disaster relief.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-5410988
713-341-5337
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Rating: 5 stars  

ACAM is unique because it has the heart and passion of a non-profit and the business astuteness of a large organization. It is committed to improving lives and provides effective, quality-based service models. ACAM's focus on capacity-building and development advances organizational operations and enhances staff knowledge and skills.

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A nonprofit that I work with has benefited from the funding and other assistance through ACAM. Our mission has been strengthened through ACAM and the help we can provide for those seeking emergency assistance has increased. ACAM has also provided opportunities for our staff development.

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I am an accounting professional who works with many small nonprofit organizations. ACAM is one of the best run organizations that I have seen. Their attention to detail begins in the office and spreads out to the people and ministries that they serve. Good financial controls and best practices are critical for an organization's success and ACAM and their board have done a wonderful job. Donors and other funders should feel confident that their money will be spent efficiently and effectively.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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