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Serving Communities While Serving Their Employees

  Employee engagement in non-profits

Each of these social sector organizations; Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Pregnancy Care Center, and Victory Mission + Ministry are part of a growing community of Great Game™ practitioners who have reimagined capitalism as a transformational force for good. Each year, the Great Game Community recognizes organizations like these who have the courage to do business differently. They are using the power of business to transform their associate's lives and the communities which they serve, for the better. They are part of a movement that's trying to 'Change the Game'.

We can't wait to introduce you to all our All-Star Team companies. The last two  week we introduced you to 1st Pet Vet, 417 Magazine, AMBAC International, Argent Tape and Label, Cherry's Industrial Equipment, Cisco-Eagle, Clarke EyeCare Center, and CM's Outdoor Solutions Group. Now, read the next 3 case studies and watch for the remaining 18 to come your way!


Organization Background

The organization has a mission to facilitate and promote the building of resilient children, healthy families, and strong neighborhoods and communities through collaboration, programming, and resource development.


Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) is a strengths-based agency that works to include staff at all levels into planning, evaluation, and implementation of projects and programming. With 93% of their funding restricted to grants and contracts, CPO had a growing need to raise unrestricted dollars through fundraising and donor development, but their staff didn’t always understand or appreciate the need to fund-raise. They wanted to find a system that could help connect and engage the entire team in fulfilling their shared mission by finding additional ways to help their community.


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Organization Background

Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) is a nonprofit organization that provides vital services to seven counties in Southwest Missouri. Since opening in 2000, PCC has served more than 225,000 young people with healthy pregnancy and relationship education services, at no cost to the individuals served. The organization is primarily funded by contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, and churches within the community.


When Lisa McIntire joined PCC as its executive director in 2016 the organization was in dire financial straits and the culture was struggling. PCC had very little cash and the organization was using a line of credit to fund daily operations, like payroll. “I knew something had to change,” says McIntire, who is a CPA with a business background. She wanted to find a way to make the organization more sustainable financially so it could continue to fulfill its mission to the community.


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Organization Background

Victory Mission + Ministry provides outreach and restoration to those in need. Individuals can receive a day's worth of food at the mobile food pantry, clothing items, access to case management, classes, and counseling services, and men’s short- or long-term shelter. When individuals come for food, clothing, and shelter, Victory wants to develop relationships that encourage life change and restoration. Victory believes everyone has a name, a story, and great potential. The ministry wants those in the restoration program to live in a supportive community with high quality employment. Victory’s mission is: “We share God’s love through intentional relationships for the restoration of a brokenhearted world.”


Victory Mission would like to grow the culture by empowering the staff and teaching employees to manage finances in their areas of service. Many staff have limited understanding of how the organization is funded. As a strategic goal and as a way to increase opportunities for positive growth, Victory is looking for ways to alleviate long-term debt and free up finances.




Rookie of the Year  This award recognizes those companies that have been practicing open-book management and The Great Game of Business for less than two years and have already achieved some remarkable results.

Social Sector Award  This award honors a social sector organization -a not-for-profit, education, government entity - playing The Great Game of Business at a high level, proving that The Game can be effective and impactful in all types of organizations.

Hall of Fame Inductee – The Hall of Fame honors organizations that have operated using the principles of open-book management for more than a decade with lasting, proven results, and have demonstrated a willingness to spread the word on open-book management in order to help others succeed. 

All-Star Champions Award - The cornerstone of the All-Star Awards, the winners of the All-Star Champions Award are the best of the best. They have been playing GGOB at a high level for two or more years, and as a result have seen impressive results in their financial performance and their company culture.

International All-Star Champion (new for 2020!) To encourage the participation of our international practitioners and recognize the expansion of our global GGOB community,  our judges thought it was time to add this category to the awards. 

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