Listen to what some of Dennis’ clients have to say.
Dennis Miller is one of a very few people who can articulate the essence of what nonprofit boards should be doing.
John R. Smith
President, PSEG Foundation
Dennis not only wowed the crowd with his dynamic presentation style on ‘Does Your Board Need a Therapist?’ but completely engaged the audience. One attendee said, ‘Dennis is one of the best speakers I have ever heard!’.
Mary Jo Buchanan
President, Morris County
NJ Nonprofit Conference
One of Dennis’ greatest strengths is his ability to very quickly establish trusting relationships. He has been invaluable to me as a chief executive.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, CASJ Affiliate
Dennis Miller can ‘talk the talk’ because he has ‘walked the walk.’ He’s ‘been there, done that.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey
Dennis’ workshop engaged and inspired every member of our Board.
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
CPC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
With a surgeon’s precision Dennis was able to immediately diagnose many of our problems. Because of his insight we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and for once it is not a train!
President, Board of Directors
The Arc of Somerset County
Dennis Miller's expertise and experience by far proved to be the most valuable asset that our foundation had in helping us develop our strategic vision. He incorporated sensitivity to the family, friends and supporters of our foundation with his ability to synthesize facts and issues of fundraising and design implementation. Today the Paul R. Nardoni Oncology Pavilion is a state of the art cancer treatment center that exemplifies our mission of providing cosmfort and aid to cancer patients and their families.
Founding Board Member
Paul R. Nardoni Foundation
For over 75 years Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey has been a leading corporate citizen by helping improve the special quality of life for residents and communities we serve throughout the state. We do this in large part through our 5,300 talented and dynamic employees. When we needed to create a policy around how to manage employee engagement and participation on board of trustees for tax-exempt organizations, we contacted Dennis C. Miller for his expert advice. Dennis was able to provide guidance and recommendations that we incorporated in developing our policy. Dennis' insight and knowledge was extremely valuable to Horizon.
Jonathan R. Pearson
Program Director-Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Sanofi aventis U.S. is committed to making a significant long-term impact within communities in which we do business and where our employees live through our charitable activities. When we wanted to review our funding criteria, we reached out to Dennis C. Miller for his expert advice. We found Dennis' strategic insights to be valuable.
Sr. Director, U.S. Philanthropy & Relationship Management
Sanofi aventis, US
When the Board of the PeopleCare Center reached out to find a consultant to help define our agenda we knew that the situation was unique because PeopleCare was unique. PeopleCare is a building – a home to non-profit agencies in Somerset County. This makes our mission somewhat different for that of other non-profit agencies.
Dennis Miller immediately defined our needs, offered options that we had never before entertained, and provided the roadmap for our organization to follow that will not only benefit PeopleCare as a non-profit entity but will provide long term benefit to all of those agencies that are housed in our facility. Dennis is intuitive, insightful, and knowledgeable. His value to PeopleCare will be felt for years to come.
The Embrace Kids Foundation is a local charity supporting the non-medical needs of families and children with cancer. Our organization has grown considerably over the past 14 years, however, we wanted to take the organization to the "next level" and found ourselves lacking a long term vision. We engaged Dennis Miller to help evaluate our fund development process and to help us focus on long-term vision. Dennis was instrumental in assisting us with these goals. He was able to organize our Board and keep them on track as we went through the strategic thinking process. We now have a set long-term vision and we are working on the implementation plan. I don't think we could have achieved this goal within the time frame we did and with the consensus we developed of the board without Dennis' involvement.
Robert A. Brown
President, Board of Trustees
Embrace Kids Foundation
Thank you so much for your presentation to our Board of Directors. The fund raising information and the style with which you presented it, was very stimulating, yet easy to follow. I found the experience to be helpful and the information rich. It was great, too, for team building. Clearly your approach helped us as board members to think more creatively, and work more effectively together toward our shared fund raising goals. Your way of engaging individuals in thinking through the process and steps involved in successful fund raising helped us to formulate innovative ideas, and to generate greater enthusiasm for what is ahead. The simple and do-able steps that you presented make the process clear. Your style of teaching, interacting, and guiding the discussion, helps promote teamwork, empowerment and a feeling of competence within the group. A very enriching experience, indeed!
President, Board of Trustees
Mental Health Association of Morris County
Dennis helped us to understand that as a non-profit organization we must still operate as a profit minded business. We must continuously grow our earned as well as our contributed profit margins in order to grow and survive. Having passion for your mission is noble, but without a focus on revenue your organization will not be able to maintain quality products or services for very long.
George Wolansky, Jr.
Chairman, Board of Directors
George Street Playhouse
Thanks so much for running such a motivating meeting last night. You helped us identify our fundraising needs and the strategies necessary to address those needs. I think you gave us a lot to work with - some real direction. Your straight shooter manner is something that I related to well, and I think the rest of the Board appreciated it also. Thanks for sharing some of your personal experiences in the world of nonprofit. You've given us hope and got us all jazzed up.
President, Board of Trustees
SAFE in Hunterdon
Southern Ocean County Hospital recently developed a unique collaboration with three area community colleges and other educational institutions. Dennis was able to drive this process through his leadership and the credibility he established among the parties. As a result, 29 nursing students are enrolled in our RN program, supplying what we hope will be the future caregivers for our community.
Joseph P. Coyle
President & CEO
Southern Ocean County Hospital
Dennis Miller is the best! Our organization, a nonprofit special needs school serving over 100 kids at a time in central New Jersey, faces some tough challenges. We asked Dennis to lead a Board retreat. He rejuvenated our Board. His diligence had us well prepared for the retreat. When we left, we had a clear game plan. With Dennis' leadership, our Board was re-focused and re-energized. We could not have asked for more. We plan to work further with Dennis, and we would give him our highest recommendation.
J. Anthony Manger, Esq.
President, Board of Trustees
In his interaction with the Somerset County Business Partnership, Dennis Miller immediately gained the confidence of the SCBP staff and the unanimous approval of our Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Dennis worked with the staff to draft a logical and effective approach to assist them in putting our strategic plan into real motion by setting the bar higher for attainable and measurable goals. His final presentation to the SCBP Board set the stage for a realistic effort to engage the Board and Officers in providing stronger support for the staff to increase membership and investment in the Business Partnership. I personally look forward to continuing to work with Dennis to reach our target goals for this year and beyond.
Somerset County Business Partnership
Dennis Miller's engaging style wraps a wide range of executive experience around solid practical advice. He offers salient points on leadership that any executive at a nonprofit organization will take home and implement. Mr. Miller's interactive approach challenges audiences to think about pertinent issues we all face and benefit from his many years of experiences on the front lines in the boardroom and executive suite.
NPT Publishing Group, Inc.
The NonProfit Times
Dennis Miller makes the sometimes painful prospect of asking for money an art form. His presentation at our Foundation board retreat was both informational and inspirational. He was able to help our board see some basic fundamentals with a new twist. His session was not only helpful in focusing us under one vision, but also moved some participants from passive to active. He's simply the best.
President & CEO
Marion P. Thomas Charter School
Dennis Miller's presentation on the four pillars of successful nonprofit leadership was the perfect mix of a serious business, along with a very funny and engaging delivery. The professionalism and efficiency of Dennis met my expectations and made my life easier. As Chairman of the conference, I had an abundance of things to worry about, but Dennis was not one. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Dennis again soon.
David E. Garamella, CFRE
2008 New England Association of Healthcare Philanthropy Conference
At a time of rapid and dynamic change Dennis Miller has provided an invaluable guide on how to meet the challenge of dwindling resources and increased need by the most vulnerable segments of our population. As we struggle in the vineyards we have found a practical road map.
Bergen County Human Services Advisory Council
“Dennis’ guidance and advice has been insightful and well received when he recently facilitated our board retreat. Dennis has a treasure trove of information and resources and has been very helpful to us. His knowledge, experience and ability allowed him to size up our challenges so quickly and provide us with practical steps and real answers to our strategic issues.”
New Jersey Foundation for the Blind