A Safe Haven Leadership On A Prestigious Illinois State Senate Panel

A Safe Haven Leadership Honored to Serve On A Prestigious Panel from the 

Illinois State Senate & Chicago’s Top Philanthropic Foundation to Discuss 

“When Government Fails: 

Ensuring Your Organization’s Success,

No Matter the Political Climate”

Pictured left to right: Jimmy Lee, President GoodWork Chicago, Host & Moderator: Neli Vazquez Rowland, Co-Founder & President of A Safe Haven Foundation, Illinois Senator Heather Steans (D); James H. Lewis, PhD, Chicago Community Trust


Chicago, IL, February 25, 2016 – Neli Vazquez Rowland was an invited speaker in a candid discussion on non-profit sustainability. She participated alongside other non-profit and philanthropic leaders, as well as representatives from the Illinois State Senate. The discussion particularly addressed sustainability in times of uncertain government funding and support. This discussion took part in a time where Illinois continues to experience an unprecedented State Budget Impasse. Given the existing political instability, many nonprofits are experiencing excruciating budget challenges that not only hamper their ability to serve the most vulnerable, but in many circumstances, threaten to close their doors permanently.

“I was delighted and honored to have been invited by Jimmy Lee, President of Good Work Chicago to join IL Senator Heather Steans and James H. Lewis, PhD of The Chicago Community Trust. It was a very honest conversation between all of us, including the attendees about – what is needed to engage all public and private stakeholders to solve our social and economic challenges-long-term”, stated Neli Vazquez Rowland.

The event was hosted and moderated by GoodWork Chicago’s, President, Jimmy Lee on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Ditka’s Restaurant on Chestnut Street located in Chicago’s Gold Coast.   Bringing together these industry leaders resulted in a thought provoking and insightful discussion addressing these pressing issues that are drastically effecting many significant organizations across the state of Illinois.