Cambodian Association of Illinois

Strategic Plan & Succession Plan Client


The Nonprofit: CAI was founded in 1976 to meet the needs of Cambodian refugees resettling in Chicago after fleeing the tyranny, brutality, and torture of the Khmer Rouge genocide in which two million Cambodians perished. CAI serves 5,000 in Illinois. 


The Need: Strategic Plan and Succession Plan to strengthen board and staff and define organizational goals and objectives for CAI's future. 


ESC Solution: ESC's skilled consulting team helped CAI accomplish a successful leadership transition in tandem with a celebration of CAI's 35th year of service and opening of its museum exhibition, Remembering the Killing Fields. The ESC team equipped the organization's board and staff to install needed procedures and a strategic plan with objectives for greater community impact. 

Immediate tangible benefit: Improved practices and financial policies and the creation of an online newsletter, one of the goals of the new strategic plan.



"The succession plan and strategic plan led by ESC will strengthen staff, board and define clean organizational goals and objectives. The expertise and focus we received from each ESC consultant was impressive, a value of $100,000 anywhere else. ESC was so affordable, we could not have done it otherwise."
 – Dary Mien, Executive Director,

     Cambodian Association of Illinois