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Consultants for Community Resources Management Consultancy which helps you put assets into action. CCR provides strategic planning, development assistance, and consultation to help build thriving intergenerational communities. Call us for more information at (847) 571-1802



Michael Marcus, Principal

Michael S. Marcus

Michael serves as Principal of Consultants for Community Resources which provides advocacy and consultation in the areas of aging, poverty, and community development.  From 2007 until 2016 Michael led the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation’s groundbreaking work serving older adults and caregivers.  The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, of Owings Mill, Maryland,  is the largest provider of funds in the field of aging in the United States.  

Michael serves as a national faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute of Northwestern University. The ABCD Institute is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. As part of the ABCD Institute Michael has facilitated asset mapping, strategic planning and led training programs of local residents, public officials, business people, health providers including hospitals and others on the use of ABCD as an effective tool for community building. Much of Michael’s work has worked specifically on issues related to aging in community. 

Between 1983 and 1990, Michael was Associate Director for Community Resources with the Villers Foundation, now known as Families USA. Michael then served as Senior Program Officer for the Chicago Community Trust from 1990 to 2004, where his area of responsibility was basic human needs including aging, welfare-to-work, homelessness, and food security. 

Michael is a graduate of George Washington University, has an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and has done Ph.D. work at the Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy, Center on Aging, at Brandeis University.  

He has also taught at Springfield College, the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, and the University of Baltimore. Michael is a founder and a past board member of Grantmakers in Aging, as well as a former board member of the American Society on Aging. He currently serves on the boards of Generations United, Generations on Line, Citizens Planning and Housing Association and the Mount Royal Improvement Association, as a member of the Baltimore Commission on Aging, and on the Board of Overcoming Poverty Together, an international microfinance organization working primarily in Indonesia, among many other boards and public commissions. He is a very frequent presenter at conferences and gatherings in the field of aging and asset based approaches to community development. 

Michael lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Virginia Knowlton Marcus, he has two sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren and his dog. He is an avid hiker, biker and scuba diver. 

Paul Nebenzahl, Managing Director

Paul Nebenzahl 

Paul Nebenzahl is a Chicago-based management consultant serving both non-profit and philanthropy organizations. With over three decades of successful leadership in major gift fundraising at some of America’s best-in-class institutions, Paul has assisted organizations in securing funding for capital, endowment, research, general operating and programmatic requirements. Paul has extensive experience in preparing institutions for advancement growth through strategic positioning, staff and volunteer training, leadership preparedness, succession planning and long-range planning.

Paul's success in fundraising and institutional advancement is based on a thirty-year career serving institutions in public broadcasting, the arts, museums, medicine, higher education, social services, religion, zoological gardens and philanthropies in a leadership staff capacity. Nebenzahl launched his consulting firm in 2006 with the Chicago History Museum as its anchor client, serving the Museum and its President for eight years. 

At institutions such as The Field Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, WTTW, Lincoln Park Zoo and others Nebenzahl directed fundraising campaigns and activities that have resulted in over $350 million secured for capital, programmatic, operational and deferred financial needs. 

Nebenzahl served as Vice President at WTTW-Chicago for a decade and was instrumental in securing significant capital, programmatic and institutional funding to build and maintain the stations’ local and national leadership in public broadcasting. 

The firm has also worked on a variety of health and long-term care related projects through the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation of Chicago for nearly a decade including assignments with the Pioneer Network of Rochester, New York, with The Beryl Institute of Nashville, Tennessee, and with PXI – The Patient Experience Institute of Dallas, Texas.

In addition, Paul assisted Christ Advocate Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois in planning a $700 million capital expansion program. The firm has also provided strategic counsel to McGill University’s College of Medicine in Montreal; to the American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Virginia; to Bethel New Life in Chicago; and to Big Apple Circus in New York City, among others.  

Paul has taught fundraising and philanthropy at The University of Chicago's Booth Graduate School of Management, and at New York University's Tisch Graduate School of the Arts.  Paul has been active in the Economic Club of Chicago since 1989, hosting receptions for President Vicente Fox of Mexico, among others.

Paul is providing leadership counsel in 2019 to the Chicago Maritime Museum, the Music Institute of Chicago, the Cameron Kravitt Foundation of New York City, and SPILL Festival of Performance in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK.  In addition, Paul serves as the Interim Executive Director of The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation of Chicago, the only national philanthropy exclusively devoted to person-centered care in long-term care settings in the United States.

John Migliaccio, Ph. D. RFG, Senior Associate

John N. Migliaccio, Ph.D., RFG

Dr. John N. Migliaccio is a business executive, consultant, and educator with international research, analytics, and marketing experience in the Baby Boomer and Senior markets. He has recently returned to a successful consultancy after serving for seven years as Assistant Vice President and Director of Research and Gerontology at the MetLife Mature Market Institute (MMI), MetLife’s Center of Expertise on aging, longevity, and the generations. In this role, he was responsible for managing over 65 of MMI’s highly regarded research initiatives in both the U.S. and internationally, and is an internationally recognized expert on the Baby Boomer and Senior population.

Dr. Migliaccio is President of Maturity Mark Services Co., a strategic planning, marketing and market research consultancy which served major corporations, financial services companies, federal/state/local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations focusing on Boomer and Senior market consumers and issues. He is also a co-founder and former President of the American Institute of Financial Gerontology (AIFG), a leading international provider of applied gerontological education and Registered Financial Gerontologist (RFG) certification for the financial services and legal professions concerning the senior consumer and their family. Additional experience includes positions as Vice-President and Director of Special Projects at Hearst Business Communications, Retirement Advisors division.

Dr. Migliaccio has served multiple terms on Boards of Directors and as committee chairs and other leadership positions for some of the nation’s leading aging organizations including the American Society on Aging (ASA), a founder and former chair of the ASA Business Forum on Aging, as well as the National Association of Senior Living Industries, and 50+ Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders, Financial Elder Abuse Advisory Board of the National Adult Protective Services Association, and Retirement Risk Committee of The Society of Actuaries among others. He is an award winning researcher, frequent keynote speaker and presenter, and author of numerous articles, book chapters and marketing guides on the 50+ market.

Dr. Migliaccio has received multiple awards from the American Society on Aging for his leadership in business and aging, and from the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Senior Centers for innovative research on aging. He has served on the Adjunct Faculty of the New School for Social Research Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions, New York University, and the College of New Rochelle. He is currently on the adjunct faculty at Fordham University School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and Gabelli School of Business, as well as at the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is also on the faculty of the Asset Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.

Dr. Migliaccio holds a B.A. cum laude from Boston College, M.Ed. from Teacher’s College-Columbia University,  Ph.M. and Ph.D. from Columbia University,  the Registered Financial Gerontologist  (RFG) designation from the American Institute of Financial Gerontology, and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Roy Earnest, MSW Associate

Roy Earnest has served as a gerontologist, social worker and program manager since 1975 in the areas of geriatric mental health, adult protective services, case management, home care, senior centers, adult day care, caregiver respite, affordable senior housing, paratransit services, older adult volunteer programs and grant management. This broad range of experience has given him an in-depth and unique perspective on the continuum of services for older adults in the United States. After 20 plus years implementing and managing senior service programs at the Atlantic County Area Agency on Aging in New Jersey; Jewish Family Services in Ventnor City, NJ; San Francisco Senior Center; Catholic Charities of SF and Family Service Agency in SF, he accepted a position in 2002 as a program officer with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that funds AmeriCorps, VISTA, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion and RSVP volunteer programs. His time there working with grantees gave him valuable insights in the federal grant making process, the training needs of non-profits and public agency staff who are charged with implementing government funded programs and the positive impact that volunteer service can have on all involved. Roy retired from CNCS in January 2018 and remains passionate about addressing the needs of older adults. He looks forward to continuing his longstanding commitment to the field of aging by contributing his experience and expertise as a senior associate with Consultants for Community Resources in their work with aging service organizations.

A lifelong surfer, Roy joined forces with filmmaker David L. Brown to produce “Surfing for Life” (1999), a documentary that explores healthy aging through the unique perspective of 10 surfers ranging in age from 60 to 90 who continue to surf and remain vitally connected to their communities. From his perspective, SFL was “an exercise in applying theories of healthy aging to older surfers while holding fast to the central filmmaking maxim of telling a good story.”  The result was a compelling look at the human potential of later life through the eyes of 10 senior surfers (age 60 to 90) who surf, volunteer and are vitally connected to the world around them. The film won numerous awards at film festivals and was broadcast on PBS stations throughout the United States.

Roy received his BA in Psychology with a minor in gerontology from Richard Stockton State University in New Jersey in 1977 and then completed his Masters in Social Welfare with a focus on aging services at UC Berkeley in 1982. 

Roy currently lives in Pacifica, CA where he serves as an active board member for the non-profit Pacifica’s Environmental Family and a member of the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare’s Gero-Social Work alumni advisory council. 

Ben Marcus, Senior Associate

Ben Marcus is a constituent management professional and strategy consultant with a deep interest in public policy and human behavior. He has over fifteen years of civic engagement, advocacy, and network development experience with proven results. Ben has consulted with dozens of organizations and causes, trained groups large and small, and worked on many issue-based and candidate campaigns up and down the ballot. He served two terms as an AmeriCorps Member (City Year and VISTA), and continues to serve as a volunteer for a number of causes and on managing and advisory boards.

Ben is currently a candidate for Florida State House of Representatives, District 16, South Jacksonville, Duvalle County. 

Ben is married to the love of his life, Roxanna, after meeting as City Year AmeriCorps Members in Washington, DC in 2003. They live in the Sunbeam area of Jacksonville with their three children (Judah, Elijah, and Emilia) and are members of Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Ben has earned his stay-at-home-dad badge three times over, as well. Time with his children he will never forget.

Ben currently volunteers regularly with Jewish Family and Community Services, City Year, and a variety of other local causes. He grew up in Chicagoland and has been involved in volunteerism and serving his community for his entire life. Raised in the Reform Jewish community and surrounded by incredible diversity, he was instilled with the ethos of "Gemilut Chassadim" (acts of loving kindness) and a deep belief in a power higher than all of us. 

Jim Duffett, Senior Associate

Jim has thirty+ years of proven senior leadership, non-profit management, and an impeccable track record built by innovation, cutting edge vision, integrity, collaboration, leadership development, and tenacity.  Producing sustainability and growth; Forging and maintaining diverse coalitions (long term relationships); Cultural and diverse recruitment and engagement;  Robust organizing of campaigns and project oversight;  Facilitating short and long-term strategic planning for short and long-term capacity-building; Cutting edge communication skills and the integration of messaging in your work;  Extensive governmental affairs experience;  Solid managerial/legal/ infrastructure competence;  Spearheading leadership, volunteer, and staff development; Extensive and creative diversification of resource development (foundation and fundraising); and Unquestionable sound, stable, creative, visionary, and mature judgment. 


Jim helps organizations build synergy,  sustain it, develop capacity, and lasting collaborations.   His collaborative philosophy is that he never strategizes in an individual issue silo and engages all potential partners.  Everything that you do must build a foundation (capacity) underneath it and lead to the next step of your strategic plan.   His knowledge of collaboration is built upon a multi-level configuration that provides for flexibility to react to both positive and negative uncertainties. 


His professional growth and understanding of the complexities of the non-profit advocacy sector, policy initiatives, and collaboration were all perfected during his 26 years of leadership at the Illinois Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC), at Doctors for America (DFA), and helping a variety of other non-profits. 

Jim is a graduate of Kent State University and their international school in Geneva, Switzerland with a B.A in Political Science and International Organizations, and has a Masters in Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.



Our Clients

American Institutes for Research 

Amigour/Joint Agency for Israel

Asset-Based Community Development Institute


Benefits Data Trust 

Caring Across Generations

Carolina Foundation for Jewish Seniors 

Cognitive Solutions 

Community Foundation of Western Nevada (Reno)

National Council on Aging 

The Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies 

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan

SAFE (Securing America’s Future Energy) 


Shared World Tours

Senior Family Support

The Cedars Portland

The Taub Foundation 

United Hebrew Geriatric Center 

UMBC, Erickson School for Aging


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