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Relevant Advice & Consultation

Easter Seals Dixon Center supplies consulting advice to thousands of organizations. Our advice and consultation is always non-political, community-oriented and directed at creating moments of collaboration.

We believe in the following “big rules” for all organizations who seek to support our service members, veterans, military families, and families of the fallen. Our consulting often refers back and builds off of these important rules.

“The Big Six Rules” 

  1. Actions and discussions are about their needs; never about what you or your organization does.
  2. Realize that each individual is unique and therefore has unique needs.
  3. If you think you're doing it better than anyone else or the only one doing it, someone else is doing it and doing it better.
  4. Never make a commitment you cannot, do not, or will not keep.
  5. Build for the long run and have a meaningful and personal impact.
  6. If you start to think it’s about you, that's when it’s time to get out.

Strategic Context White Papers

The following white papers serve as seminal documents in grasping the underlying context that helped to frame the big ideas behind the creation of Easter Seals Dixon Center. Center. These papers help guide Easter Seals Dixon Center in al of our interactions with the thousands of organizations dedicated to serving our active military, veterans and their families. Easter Seals Dixon Center believes in collaboration and coordination. Within these papers, readers will discover new ways to envision how their mission can and should intersect with other like-minded entities.


  • Imagining Collective Impact (PDF*)
    Improving Education Opportunities for Military Families
    No single organization can close the growing need for educational funds to educate fallen and wounded Service members' children. The funding gap is more than $1.7 billion. This white paper explores a potential solution.
    By: Colonel David W. Sutherland, Kim Mitchell, Linda Mayo, and Daniel Forrester
  • Sea of Goodwill (PDF*)
    Matching the Donor to the Need
    Describes a re-integration trinity of education, meaningful employment and access to health care which serve to improve the quality of life for service members and their families.
    By: Major John W. Copeland and Colonel David W. Sutherland
    Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior and Family Support
  • Channeling the “Sea of Goodwill” to Sustain the “Groundswell of Support” (PDF*)
    Transitioning from Concept to Application
    Focuses on ideas and tasks that will have a meaningful impact on building public awareness, encouraging community involvement, and promoting community services for veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen.
    By: Captain Chris Manglicmot and Major Ed Kennedy and Colonel David W. Sutherland
    Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Warrior and Family Support
  • Menu of Initiatives (PDF*)
    By: Major Christopher Manglicmot, USA; Colonel David W. Sutherland, USA; Colonel Brenda Blackman, USAF; Lieutenant Commander Kim Mitchell, USN; Lieutenant Colonel Tony Forbes, USA; Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Hart, USMC; Lieutenant Colonel Dawn Devine, USA; Lieutenant Colonel Ann Curtis, USAF

For more information on how Easter Seals Dixon Center can consult and advise your organization please contact us.

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