Behind the Scenes

All of our projects are driven by a commitment to making the world a better place. Check out some of our past projects and resources to get ideas for how we can help you meet your mission. For examples of past advocacy or program evaluation projects without a visual product, contact us!

Sample Projects


Nonprofit Impact | Sustainable Enterprises with Brenda Palms-Barber

Social enterprises can be a useful way to make your programs more sustainable. Learn what works from a veteran social entrepreneur, Brenda Palms Barber, Executive Director of the  North Lawndale Employment Network, and their successful Sweet Beginnings enterprise. Click here to see the full interview.


Nonprofit Impact | Implementing Strategies with Jonathan Eisler

Creating a strategic plan is fairly standard among non-profits. Implementing one well is more difficult. Jonathan Eisler, Director of Perspectives Organizational Consulting Group at Perspectives Ltd., shares lessons learned from his organizations stellar track record. Click here to see the full interview.


Nonprofit Impact | New Technology and NPOs with Shelley Stern Grach

New technology is being harnessed in amazing ways to make nonprofits and government more effective. Shelley Stern Grach, Chicago-based Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft, explains the civic tech movement and how non-profits can access invaluable help from civic-minded volunteers from the tech community. Click here to see the full interview.


Against the Grain: Evolving the Institution to Attract and Retain Single Parents.

Meegan Dugan Bassett was featured as a guest author in The Evolllution, a new online paper for those who understand higher education best. Although few people think of higher education as a solution to poverty, it can be extremely effective. The article highlights some of the top strategies colleges and university can use to improve access and completion for low-income, single mothers.

Landmark Victory for Pregnant Workers

In August 2014, Governor Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Pregnancy Fairness bill (H. B. 8) into law. Dugan Bassett Consulting took an important role in passing this legislation, providing lobbying support, and developing a social media campaign for coalition partner Women Employed.

The bill addresses a growing problem in Illinois. In recent years, low-income, pregnant workers in the Midwest have increasingly had to chose between their jobs and having a healthy baby. Recent court cases have sided with employers who have denied pregnant service workers simple accommodations such as carrying a water bottle or sitting on a stool during long shifts. These restrictions can lead to serious medical issues for pregnant women. The bill set clear parameters for reasonable accommodations that are not costly to employers. Learn more about our policy and advocacy services here and contact us to get started!