Greater Good Graduating Class 2018

June 08, 2018

Press Release

Media Contact:
Morgan O’Donnell

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Abrazos Family Support Services Executive Director Completes Selective Leadership Training Course at Northwestern University

April Spaulding was the first New Mexican chosen by The Allstate Foundation for Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership Program aimed at building capacity in the nonprofit sector.

Bernalillo, NM—Abrazos Family Support Services Executive Director April Spaulding recently completed the yearlong, three-session leadership course, which brought together a variety of nonprofit executives to learn from top industry and business experts how to accomplish more in their organizations—and transform the nonprofit sector and their communities in the process. Spaulding was chosen from thousands of interested leaders from across the country to participate in The Allstate Foundation’s Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership Program.

With the wrap up of the program, Spaulding notes the multitude of strategies she was able to bring back to New Mexico and her team.

“New Mexico has numerous struggles, but also great potential for leaders to make wise decisions that can better our community for families.  I believe that leaders do not have all the answers but ask a lot of good questions and should surround themselves by those who will challenge them to take different perspectives and reflect on all angles when addressing an issue or decision. The Greater Good Program provided me with multiple strategies to use to be a good leader and I will forever attribute the turning point in my professional life to the lessons I learned thanks to Allstate.”

Now in its fourth year, The Allstate Foundation’s Greater Good Program – which is offered at no cost to participants and their organizations – provides leadership coaching for nonprofit executives, helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses and improve communications with stakeholders, among other topics. The 9 days of academic learning are broken up into three three-class sessions taught by faculty from the prestigious Northwestern University Kellogg Center for Nonprofit Management. The program also creates a network of people passionate about improving their communities, and gives those in the nonprofit community the tools to take their careers and organizations to the next level.

Greater Good participants also receive a $2,000 stipend from The Allstate Foundation to pursue additional training and development opportunities. Due to the demand for the program, class size has nearly doubled since the first year. To find more information about the program, eligibility requirements or the application process, visit

Abrazos Family Support Services (AFSS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to empower all children and families to achieve their full potential. Since 1978, Abrazos’ trained experts have taken care of over 550 families in Sandoval and Bernalillo counties by providing an array of community-based services to support children and adults who have developmental delays and disabilities. To learn more about Abrazos’ services and unique recreational respite program for individuals diagnosed with autism, visit


About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s wellbeing and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit



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