Mary Morten

Morten Group, LLC


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Morten Group, LLC
(773) 340-9158
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PO Box 408974
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Company Profile

Company Overview
Morten Group was first established in November 2001 to focus on clients in the nonprofit, for-profit, and foundation fields. Our work is centered on a commitment to transformation through assessment, education, and action. Morten Group is a multi-racial, cross generational firm which has consciously and thoughtfully built a team of diverse perspectives and experiences – an intentional component of our business model. We have worked with numerous community organizations, foundations, and universities in Chicago and across the country. For more information on our team, please visit

Since its founding in 2001, Morten Group has worked through a lens of social justice, with a particular emphasis on racial equity initiatives. Morten Group provides workshops, weekend retreats and convenes symposia through its Equity and Inclusion Institute, which offers culturally informed solutions to important issues around achieving equity at nonprofit and for-profit organizations across the country. Morten Group also works in partnership with clients on racial equity measures within nonprofits and foundations.
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Morten Group focuses on organizational and resource development, including strategic planning, workshops on diversity and building communities of inclusion and access, executive coaching and succession planning, board recruitment and retention, and film and video development. Morten Group also provides services in research, including survey design, organizational and program assessment, and research study outreach and recruitment.
Practice Areas (select top 3)
  • Board Support (Development, Governance, Retreats, Training)
  • Capacity Building
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Executive Coaching
  • Interim Leadership
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Program Evaluation (Outcome Management, Data Analytics)
  • Strategic planning
Client List
• AIDS Foundation of Chicago
• Asian Americans Advancing Justice
• Between Friends Chicago
• Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health
• Changing Worlds
• Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus
• Chicago Filmmakers
• Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
• Chicago Public Media
• Christopher House
• Communities United
• Community Renewal Society
• Countryside Association for People with Disabilities
• The Cradle
• Erie Family Health Center
• Esperanza Health Centers
• Equality Illinois
• Family Christian Health Center
• Fair Wisconsin
• Goodman Theatre
• Growing Home, Inc.
• Howard Brown Health
• Hubbard Street Dance Theatre
• Illinois Humanities
• Ingenuity, Inc.
• La Casa Norte
• Lenox Suites Hotel
• Little City Foundation
• Lived Civics (a collaboration of Dr. Cathy Cohen, Jessica Marshall and Dr. Joseph Kahne)
• Navy Pier
• Shriver Center
• University of Chicago School of Medicine
• West Suburban Action Project (PASO)
• Woods Fund of Chicago
• YWCAs of Evanston/North Shore; Great Lakes Alliance; Northeast Indiana; Pekin; Sauk Valley; and the YMCA of Peoria.
• Youth Outlook

• Forefront (previously the Donors Forum) Instructor, Courses: Putting Evaluation to Work for You, The ABC’s of Proposal Writing and The Good Governance Series.

• Breakin’ It Down conference, 2005/2006/2008/2012/2014, Fundraising workshop for development staff

• Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University, Executive Director Boot Camp Faculty

• Ali Forney Center
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
• Alan Guttmacher Institute
• Black AIDS Institute
• BYP 100
• Center for New Community
• Community Health Coworker Network of Buffalo
• Exceptional Children Have Opportunities
• Funding Exchange
• Human Resources Development, Inc.
• Illinois Public Health Institute
• Massachusetts Avenue Project, Inc.
• Miss Borinquen Leadership Project
• Motorola
• Native American Community Services
• National Black Justice Coalition
• NYC Anti-Violence Project
• Out Boulder County
• Participatory Budgeting Project
• People United for Sustainable Housing
• San Francisco AIDS Foundation
• The Belle Center
• The National LGBTQ Task Force
• Washington Health Benefit Exchange
• Women’s Funding Network
• Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

• The Chicago Community Trust
• Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
• Forward Montana Foundation
• Pride Foundation
• WomanArts (incorporated as the Fund for Women Artists)
• Women and Girls Fund of Southwestern Pennsylvania
• Women’s Funds of Arkansas, Central Ohio, Fond du Lac; Oshkosh; Rhode Island; and Southern Arizona
• Woods Fund
Testimonial 1
"Our Morten Group consultants did a wonderful job assessing our needs and providing services specifically tailored to meet them. The board development project that they did with us really took us to the next level in terms of leadership, bringing out the strengths of the organization and building on them to make us stronger."

Dan Fulwiler, CEO, Centro de Salud Esperanza
Testimonial 2
"We had a great experience working with Mary and Morten Group’s team throughout our re-branding and strategic planning process. Critical to our organizing model is having a a deep base of community members engaged at all steps. The process that Morten Group laid out with us was engaging, flexible, and led us to a 3-year plan and vision that our Board, staff, and membership are deeply invested in."

- Raul Botello and Jenny Arwade, co-Executive Directors, Communities United
Testimonial 3
"From start to finish, we were most impressed with Morten Group's ability to keep us focused and on-task. Mary and her colleagues were both flexible and responsive to our needs, but also firm in keeping us accountable when needed. We walked away with a clearer vision of the goals for our initiative and how we can best accomplish them. In addition to helping us to be productive, Morten Group associates are a true joy to work with and we could not recommend them more highly."

- Brian Dodge and Wendy Mayfield, Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health

Speaker's Bureau Information

Topic 1
Board Diversity | Building the Best Board Ever | Introduction to DEI/RE
Topic 2
Putting the "fun" in Fundraising | Telling your Organization's Story | Fierce Conversations

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