Leading with Compassion and Vision
Judson’s not-for-profit mission is to bring community to life.
Judson residents themselves were and continue to be leaders—civic leaders, business leaders, education leaders, volunteer leaders, cultural leaders. Good leadership is something they value and something they receive at Judson.
“This has never been a condescending ‘we’re taking care of you’ environment,” says President and CEO Cynthia Dunn. “We offer options for smart living.”
Judson’s locations in University Circle have always appealed to those who are and have been engaged civically and culturally. Its residents are comfortable living in a diverse, urban environment. On the other side of the spectrum, South Franklin Circle offers small-town ambiance near the picturesque, New England-inspired Village of Chagrin Falls.
As people seek to take charge of their aging process, Judson is there to give them tools — community outreach, wellness education, home health care, education and enrichment, socialization, volunteer opportunities and more.
“Judson is not a walled community. Its boundaries are permeable,” she says.
Judson has seen incredible growth while remaining true to its mission. As a result it has been able to attract business and community leaders at the peak of their careers to work or serve on the board.
Creating a Legacy
There’s a distinct difference in working with a not-for-profit. “We have an opportunity to give back to the community through our programs and services that retain and attract older adults to Northeast Ohio,” says Dunn.
Helping that effort along is the Judson Foundation. In 2002, Judson reorganized, creating the foundation as a separate, incorporated 501 (c) 3, under the parent company, Judson Services, Inc.
This new structure better reflected the significance of fundraising in helping the overall organization achieve its strategic goals. The Foundation also offers an opportunity for expanding board leadership and expertise specific to fundraising.
Building on Success
“People are living longer, but we’re shrinking the span of disability,” says Dunn. “There’s so much more now that we can control and understand about how to age successfully. We know that we have to keep our mind engaged. That’s why we have partnerships and that’s why we will continue to reach out. Our mission is to do more,” she says.
Judson stands for stability in this age of acquisitions and mergers. It’s a testament to its leadership and governance over the years. “We want to be here for another 100 years,” says Dunn.
“We’re a disciplined, nimble organization, able to navigate the challenges, see future needs and take action.”