Eckerd Nonprofit Leader One of Five Chosen to Participate in National Initiative to Better Position Nonprofits for Sustainability

Eckerd’s President & CEO David Dennis is one of five nonprofit executives chosen by the Alliance for Children and Families to provide personalized expert assistance to better position a group of 15 nonprofit organizations around the country for sustainability as effective providers of child and family behavioral health services.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such distinguished leaders in our large and diverse nonprofit community,” Mr. Dennis said. “When nonprofit leaders come together to share best practices, it leads to better results for the children, families and communities we all serve.”

Eckerd is a member of the Alliance for Children and Families, a national membership association of private, nonprofit, human-serving organizations.

Through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Alliance established the Residential Transformation Cohort as a learning and change leadership opportunity that connects 15 nonprofits around the country with highly experienced executives also from the Alliance member network.

David Dennis will provide guidance to the nonprofits with transitioning their operating model and making a transformational shift towards more home and community-based models that include evidence-based models of practice. He was chosen by the Alliance due to his experience leading transformational change at Eckerd and with residential services.

David Dennis was hired as the President and CEO seven years ago to transform the organization. He not only has a long history as a leader in child welfare and juvenile justice services, but had first-hand experience having been removed by child protective services as a child. Under David Dennis’ leadership, Eckerd began growing its community base, focusing on families, reducing overhead, leveraging investments, becoming data-driven and building custom partnerships. Since 2007, Eckerd has closed $78 million of its original $80 million in programming and now is a $160 million nonprofit, of which 95 percent is community-based serving 15,000 children and families in eight states.

The Alliance for Children and Families 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 by representing and supporting its network of hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations across North America as 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 for more information.