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One Million Degrees: Gearing Up for the School Year

One Million Degrees is building a head of steam as it prepares for the upcoming academic year for Chicago-area community college students. The only Illinois organization – and one of few in the country – focused on surrounding community college students with essential support services to increase graduation rates is on track to serve a record 850 students this year at the seven Chicago Community  Colleges and four in the suburbs. OMD’s success in sharply increasing graduation rates through mentoring, stipends, professional development, coaching is being recognized nationally by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Diverse. Community colleges offer a terrific, low-cost education option – taken up by most two-thirds of college-goers in Illinois. But, getting to graduation is tough. Intensive support services, such as those provided by OMD, change the odds.

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Busy Summer for the Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is having a busy summer. On June 1st, in collaboration with Access Living, the Chicago area’s largest food bank released a first-of-its-kind Disability Study that looks at the hurdles people with disabilities have in accessing nutritious food. Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr discussed the study on ABC7’s NewsViews and Justin Kaufmann’s The Download on WGN-Radio. In addition, the organization has been active providing summer meals to kids in Chicago while they’re out of school. An NBC5 Making a Difference story showed how important it is for children to get healthy meals while they’re on summer break; that’s because they’re not receiving free and reduced-price meals as they do during the school year. In 2016, the Food Depository served more than 560,000 nutritious meals at 278 partner sites, and both numbers will grow this summer.

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  • New York University Silver School of Social Work

    Messaging, Brand Positioning, Strategic Communications Planning

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    Capital Campaign Collateral Development, Media Relations

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository

    Strategic Communications Planning & Implementation, Branding, Media Relations

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Our Clients Are Saying...

  • “For Communities In Schools of Chicago working with Melcher+Tucker Consultants was like having a “third eye” with regard to understanding how to tell the story of our work supporting public school students. They have tremendous insight in forecasting which stories will resonate with Chicago media and beyond, and worked collaboratively with our organization, and our school and community partners, to develop rich, authentic stories that would raise our profile.”

    Jane Mentzinger
    Executive Director
    Communities In Schools of Chicago
  • “Melcher+Tucker Consultants provided us with a critical messaging framework that will help our Development Committee and our Development staff talk persuasively with our donors about activities that are at the core of The Field Museum – scientific research and discovery in the Natural Sciences. With their assistance, we are now able to communicate more powerfully the role our research and collections play.”

    Laura Biddle Clarke
    Former Senior Director, Institutional Advancement
    The Field Museum
  • “Melcher+Tucker Consultants has played an integral role in shaping the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s communications and marketing for more than a decade. MTC’s message development and strategic outreach capabilities have enhanced our ability to raise awareness of hunger in Cook County.”

    Kate Maehr
    Chief Executive Officer,
    Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • "Over the many years I have worked with Melcher+Tucker Consultants, I have always been impressed with their professionalism, strategic thinking and willingness to do what it takes to get things done. Their cheerful competence and wise guidance helped me and my organization successfully navigate through complex and challenging situations."

    Andrea Durbin
    Chief Executive Officer,
    Illinois Collaboration on Youth
  • “Working with Melcher+Tucker Consultants was a satisfying experience for me and my staff.  Rick and Anne can be trusted to both design and deliver a highly strategized and well-executed product or plan in a timely and thoroughly professional manner.”

    Ann Lurie
    Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation
  • “Melcher+Tucker Consultants brought the ‘best of both worlds’ to Ventas, an S&P 500 company, when they created our new website. They are experienced professionals who helped us craft and effectively communicate our message. Their investigative, hands-on approach and understanding of our business resulted in exceptionally clear and concise content. The site successfully portrayed our brand identity and communicated our strengths to multiple constituencies, from media to investors. Melcher+Tucker share Ventas's passion for achieving superior results.”

    Debra Cafaro
    Chairman and CEO
    Ventas, Inc.
  • “Melcher+Tucker Consultants was instrumental in helping Writers Theatre craft the best possible fundraising brochure and accompanying materials for our On To A New Stage Campaign - a $32 million project to establish a Jeanne Gang-designed theatre center on Chicago's North Shore. Rick and Anne listened to the many voices at the table, and quickly assessed and understood the project and our potential audience. They integrated all of the project details and our story into a streamlined, cohesive, and high impact piece.”

    Kim Swinton
    Director of Institutional Advancement
    Writers Theatre