Dr Nonie Brennan

Thinker in Residence

Dr Nonie Brennan is the former Chief Executive Officer of All Chicago: Making Homelessness History. All Chicago strives to prevent homelessness through a range of actions including emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data collection, plus analysis, training and research. Dr Brennan was responsible for securing, distributing and monitoring over US$70 million of funding for Chicago’s homelessness system every year. During Dr Brennan’s time with All Chicago, the organisation saw a significant increase in funding with an additional US$1.2 million won in federal grants in 2016 alone.

Also in 2016, All Chicago provided US$2.7 million in support to 3,185 households, including 1,350 children. An astounding 94% of clients maintained their housing and 88% of clients reported that the financial assistance they had gained meant they were no longer in crisis. Dr Brennan’s leadership over the past 15 years has seen an overall 25% reduction in homelessness in Chicago. Dr Brennan was appointed as a Senior Advisor by the Institute of Global Homelessness in 2017.

Dr Nonie Brennan is an expert in homelessness prevention, innovative forms of fundraising and collective impact. The former Chief Executive Officer of All Chicago: Making Homelessness History, Dr Brennan saw a significant increase in funding with an additional US$1.2 million won in federal grants in 2016 alone. In the past 15 years, there has been an overall 25% reduction in homelessness under Dr Brennan’s leadership. All Chicago currently works with a coalition of 91 agencies to end homelessness and their mission is to unite community and resources to provide housing solutions for thousands of people. They do this through emergency financial assistance, community partnerships, data analysis, training and research, all aimed at preventing and ending homelessness. Dr Brennan was the Thinker in Residence at the Don Dunstan Foundation, visiting South Australia from the 4 – 22 November 2019.

Please find the resources from Dr Brennan’s public events and masterclasses below.

Masterclass: The Art and Science of Fundraising

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Masterclass: Collective Impact

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Dunstan Dialogue: Making Homelessness History

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Thank you to the partners of our Thinker in Residence visit with Dr Nonie Brennan, without which the residency would not be possible. Specifically thank you to The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, SA Health, Origin Energy, Uniting Communities, Australian Red Cross and the City of Adelaide.

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