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Who We Are

We embrace the once-radical ideas of care that is about the immense promise of recovery, and that the world of mental health care must change.

Our mission

We connect the passion of private philanthropy with the world’s top researchers and programs to bring recovery–based care and supports to every community.

The change we seek begins with standing by those who need us, seeing hope where others see despair. It takes daring to speak up when systems fail us. It can thrive only when research is unbiased, dialogue is open and healing is an often-achieved goal. It takes respect, compassion and the sure knowledge that recovery is more than a possibility: It is what we expect.

Why we hold these beliefs

The more you know about how we treat those with mental health issues, the more dismayed you become. And yet, all around us we see dedicated doctors, counselors and clinicians. We see families who have given their all, community leaders who worry and work. We see a generation striving to do what’s right, to transform their shared sense of concern into effective action that changes the lives of those needing mental health care. We can do so much better, especially now. Together, we can change the way mental health care is delivered.

Hope is in sight. Promising new methods infuse treatments with a much higher expectation of recovery – by relying less on medication and more on engaging families and communities. Recovery-focused methods – which are becoming mainstream –

  • bring hope to individuals and their families.
  • give psychiatrists, psychologists and clinicians better tools.
  • give people better outcomes.
  • address a wide range of society’s challenges, save a great deal of public money and prevent unnecessary human suffering.

It’s important to get the word out, share success stories and tell those who make public policy that there are viable alternatives – pathways to hope and recovery.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which all people have hope, knowledge, tools, a sense of community and access to care to recover from mental health and trauma challenges.

Our Values

  • Self-Determination
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Compassion
  • Integrity
  • Hope
  • Embrace cultural and ethnic diversity and different world views
  • Creativity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Excellence
  • Stewardship

These are the values by which we hold ourselves accountable to one another in leadership, to our donors, stakeholders and to the general public and our communities.

We need to act. Excellence has developed a model for action. We identify the most promising researchers and programs, then serve as a financial connection to donors wishing to support them. By matching donors with innovative initiatives, publishing research results and supporting communities of recovery-focused care, we will transform the mainstream in mental health care into one founded on the expectation of recovery.


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Excellence Partners

  • Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics
  • CommonGround – PDA
  • Mad in America Continuing Education
  • ISPS – US Chapter
  • WRAP
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Live and Learn, Inc.
  • Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy
  • Psych Rights
  • The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
  • Dialogic Practice
  • Inspired at Work
  • CrazyWise Film
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • ProPublica
  • Emotional CPR
  • Recovery Learning Community of Western Massachusetts
  • Life Connections Peer Recovery Services
  • Ken Jue & Assoc InSHAPE Program
  • Lauren Spiro and Associates, Human Liberation and Community Building: Envision it, Create it.
  • Epower and Associates
  • Early Assessment & Support Alliance
  • Madness Radio
  • International Bipolar Foundation
  • Stand Up For Mental Health
  • National Empowerment Center
  • Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
  • Families Healing Together
  • Non-Profit Association of Oregon
  • Integrative Mental Health University
  • Flawless Foundation
  • International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership
  • National Association of Professional Women