Who We Are

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is a national organization dedicated to achieving a vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. The Alliance works for transformational change across North America. By representing and supporting its network of hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations, they translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its member network on leadership and advocacy, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives; and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employment success. Go to alliance1.org for more information.

Our Philosophy

Our MISSION and VISION: To strengthen the capacities and influence of the Alliance's national network of high-impact nonprofit human serving organizations so that together they may pursue our vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families.

Headquarters

648 N. Plankinton Avenue, Suite 425
Milwaukee WI, 53203

Fun

To improve employee health, wellness, and happiness, the Alliance offers the following:

  • Weight management classes
  • Smoking cessation classes
  • Wellness education programs
  • Wellness competitions
  • Voluntary health testing (biometrics, health risks, etc.)
  • Biking or hiking trails on-site or nearby - some locations

The following programs and amenities are offered at all locations to employees who are parents to help make their lives a little easier:

  • Private space for nursing mothers
  • Openness for children to be at the workplace occasionally
  • Family centered events/celebrations

The Alliance has a summer picnic with all employees and their families, and this past winter The Alliance had a Holiday Party at the Petit National Ice Center for employees and families.

The following activities and programs are offered at the headquarters location to employees to help increase their health and wellness:

  • Stress reduction classes
  • On-site fitness trainer
  • On-site fitness classes
  • Private restrooms
  • Massage therapy

Wellness Connection's Mission Statement: Dedicated to fostering a workplace environment that encourages employees' personal and professional productivity, and physical, social, and emotional well-being, by promoting greater health awareness through education and initiatives designed to support healthy lifestyle choices. 

The following areas and amentities are available to employees:

    • Kitchen
    • Subsidized fruit bowls at the headquarter's location - thanks to Wellness Connection!

The following areas and amenities are available to employees at the headquarter's location to rest and relax and have fun:

      • Library
      • Quiet rooms to nap/rest
      • Yoga Mondays in the Boardroom
      • After work Zumba classes on Wednesday
      • T3 exercise classes on Thursdays
      • Once a month wellness & EAP lunch and learns

The following employee community building activities are available to employees at all locations:

      • Company sponsored social gatherings
      • Holiday parties and activities
      • Employee art competitions
      • Friday night socials - some locations
      • Hobby groups - some locations
      • Volunteer events
      • Birthday recognition
      • Work anniversary recognition
      • Shared special events/sports tickets
      • Company blood drive - Headquarters location
      • Quarterly celebrations for employees' milestone anniversaries

The following eco-conscious options are available for employees:

      • Access to public transportation - all locations
      • Bike parking - some locations
      • Carpooling coordination - Headquarters location

Employees have the option to participate in the following opportunities and programs:

      • Personal music choices
      • Access to personal social media
      • Walking/outdoor meetings
      • Company coordinated discount program with partner companies
      • Free parking - subsidized at some locations
      • Half days on Fridays

The Alliance participates in Summer Hours. Families International observes Summer Hours from June 1 through August 31. At manager's discretion, Monday - Thursday are 9 hour days and Fridays are 4 hour days with the office closing at 12:00pm or 1:00pm.

Extreme Perks

All eligible employees receive health insurance 30 days after the first day of employment.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities covers up to 80% of health insurance plans for eligible employees: 

  • Individual plans
  • Family plans

Employees receive health insurance when they work at least 30 hours a week.

The Alliance offers a full match to more than one health insurance plan, along with an Employee Retirement Plan, 401(k), pension, or profit sharing option.

In addition to standard health care coverage, the following benefits are offered to eligible employees:

  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Disability insurance
    • Short-term
    • Long-term
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Insurance Spending Account
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Same sex spouse benefits
  • Life insurance plans
    • Individual
    • Family
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Pet insurance

The Alliance offers more than 24 days of paid time-off (PTO) annually for employees, which encompasses parental leave and time off for ill dependents. 

A maximum of 40 hours of accumulated and unused PTO time may be carried over from one calendar year to the next. Exceptions to the carry over policy will be made subject to the discretion of the President. The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities encourages employees to take time off throughout the year as unused PTO is not paid at year-end. All accumulated PTO is paid out upon termination.

The following creative time-off opportunities are offered to employees:

  • Flexible work hours
  • Unpaid time off to volunteer
  • Unlimited number of holidays

The following financial incentives are offered to employees:

  • Tuition reimbursement - FEI Behavioral health employees
  • Subsidized fitness club membership - Washington D.C. office

Corporate Responsibility

A word from Alliance President and CEO, Susan Dreyfus:

"The Alliance's intention to extend its purpose beyond member services and to leverage its many strengths to have a more robust and positive influence on society. The Alliance are now a network-building entity, a social enterprise, a community development financial institution, and a strong united network of 500 organizations, representing millions of voices, ready for mobilization that will be leveraged that will provide systemic change for America's children, families, and communities."

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' mission statement highlights the company's commitment to corporate and social responsibility, philanthropy, ethics, integrity, and values:

To strengthen the capacities and influence of their national network of high impact non-profit human-serving organizations so that together they may pursue their vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. The Alliance partners for impact so that together to increase the number of children, adults, and families who are able to live healthy and productive lives, and realize their full potential as contributing members of their communities. This focus will allow our network to contribute to: decreasing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people living safe and healthy lives; and putting more people onto pathways for educational and employment success; achieve influence by effectively amplifying the knowledge, expertise, and value of our network and mobilizing them and the communities they serve so that positively influence society. The Alliance drive sinnovation by being a go-to source for research and development of human services.

The Alliance is committed to the following in all business operations and locations:

  • Improvement of community social needs and practices
  • Care and development of employees
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Values, ethics, and integrity
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Children and families

The following types of reporting measure commitments and achievements related to Alliance's mission, vision, and values:

  • Board of Directors or other governing body reviews goals and results
  • Employee Performance Management program measures employee attention and performance related to goals
The company has a clearly defined human right's policy regarding the protection of the following people:
  • Minority rights
  • Women's rights
  • Workers' rights
  • Forced labor
  • Child labor
  • Protection of indigenous peoples
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' services have a direct positive contribution to its commitment to socially responsible efforts:
  • Contribute to improving health
  • Contribute to improving community efforts (arts, literacy, charitable organizations)
  • Help rebuild our local community
  • Contribute to improving social and economic inequality
The following documents are available to all employees:
  • Employee handbook
  • Inclusion or discrimination policy
  • Harassment policy
  • Description of performance management plan
  • Description of how to post for internal job postings
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has a published process for employees to ask questions or give feedback without any negative consequences and an informal program to submit suggestions. 
 
Employees were surveyed within the year regarding their satisfaction and engagement.
 
Employees are paid up to 24 hours a year to volunteer during their workday:
 
The "Days of Caring" program allows for employees to volunteer during a 2-week period during the year. Employees volunteer with supervisor approval and are paid their normal workday pay.

The Alliance supports its member organizations, a network of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, which connects staff to a network of 500 private, non-profit human service organizations and community centers whose programs impact up to 3.4 million individuals a year.

Behavioral Health Employees donate their birthday gift to up to 4 local Milwaukee charities.

Flextime

A word from The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities:

"The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities supports our employees' work/life balance with our summer hours, and closing the offices from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day with 10 paid holidays annually."

The Alliance offers the following non-traditional work arrangements for employees:

  • Temporary work assignments
  • Paid internships
  • Extended maternity/paternity leave

The following scheduling options are available to hourly (non-salaried) employees:

  • Choice of beginning and end hours in a day
  • Option of number of hours in a day (on a case-by-case basis)
  • Work a reduced schedule during a certain time of the year
  • Change from full-time to part-time while remaining in current position or level (on a case-by-case basis)
  • Choice of break times
  • Choice of meal break times
  • Paid time off during the workday to attend to important family or personal needs
  • Guaranteed minimum number of hours a week

Regular holiday hours: Families International observes ten paid holidays during the year with a reduction in office preparations between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day.

Summer hours: Families International observes Summer Hours from June 1 to August 31 - Monday through Thursday are 9 hour days, and Fridays are 4 hour days (manager's discretion).

Hourly employees are aware of their schedules at least 4 weeks in advance and are aware of overtime (although rare) up to 6 days in advance.

The following scheduling options are available to salaried employees:

  • Choice of beginning and end hours in a day
  • Work a part-time schedule (on a case-by-case basis)
  • Option of number of hours in a day (on a case-by-case basis)
  • Work a reduced schedule during a certain time of the year
  • Change from full-time to part-time without losing position or level (on a case-by-case basis)
  • Work from home regularly (on a case-by-case basis)
  • Work from home occasionally
  • Work with provided resources when working remotely
  • Option of number of hours in a week

The Alliance offers the following technologies to facilitate flexibility in the workplace depending upon company needs:

  • Company provided smartphones
  • Video conferencing
  • Remote access to organizational computer system
  • Company provided laptops/tablet computers

Employees are paid up to 24 hours per year to volunteer during the workday.

"The Days of Caring" program allows for employees to volunteer during a 2-week period during the year. Employees volunteer with supervisor approval and are paid their normal workday pay. 

The following paid time-off (PTO) options are available to employees: 

  • Use of sick time for personal time or ill dependents
  • Carry over unused sick time for future use
  • Take an extended career break for caregiving or other family responsibilities
  • Carry over unused vacation time for future use
  • Bereavement time off for the passing of a family member or partner
  • Time off during the workday to attend to important family or personal needs
  • Return to work gradually after childbirth or adoption 

Caretaker Medical Leave: Benefits to care for a spouse, domestic partner, dependent, or parent of the employee will be paid by Families International with up to four weeks of pay 66 and 2/3% of base salary rate during leave. This pay is eligible for benefits, including PTO and 401(k) contributions. Unpaid leave beyond four weeks is available in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act. Paid time-off will not continue to accrue and payroll deductions will be made.

Career Development

While they did not earn the Career Development Badge, we still want to highlight all the super cool benefits of working at The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities!

The Alliance's budget and financial statements include a line item for employee training and development.

The following employee groups receive training:

  • Salaried
  • Executive
The Alliance measures its effectiveness of training investment by individual:
 
Training and Development assist in creating the employees annual SMART Goals. During performance reviews, employees identify how training and development has improved performance at the Alliance Group of Companies.
 
On average, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities plans for 20+ of yearly hours towards employee training and development.
 
All employee groups participate in the following career development and training programs and amenities:
  • Participation in subsidized professional or trade organizations
  • Developmental project assignments
  • Opportunity to cross train in skills outside of normal position
  • Training to enhance current job skills
Salaried, supervisory, and executive employee groups participate in the following career development and training programs and amenities:
  • Succession planning program or strategy (Executive employees)
  • Harassment
  • Office software
  • Supervisory training/management skills
  • Employee performance coaching
All employees can request training to further their personal or professional development with supervisor approval.

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Number of Employees
26-100
 Locations: 4
Location Types
Suburban (office park/campus)
Business Founded
1911
Industry
Non-profit
Products

FEI is a division of the Alliance and Ways to Work is a program of the Alliance’s CDFI:

 

Ways to Work, Inc.

FEI Behavioral Health, Inc.