Public Good through Private Sector Paradigms: The City of Long Beach Civic Center

“Public-private partnerships,” or P3, are nothing new. Win-win opportunities for the public achieved through private sector paradigms are often highly coveted models for municipal officials. However; the new Long Beach Civic Center, currently under construction, is a new level of P3 engagement. This e-case details the Long Beach project and questions how best the public sector can apply contemporary collaborative practices.    See full post

Learning to Use Data in a Public Human Services Agency

This E-Case tells the story of how the anxious and demoralized staff of Maryland’s newly-created Office of Eligibility Services (OES), together with its new Executive Director, overcame their lack of data analytics training and an aging data infrastructure to successfully implement and monitor the governor’s high priority Medical Assistance to Families (MAF) expansion, as well as facilitate day-to-day outreach, eligibility, and enrollment functions.    See full post

Before & After: Exploring organizational change from four perspectives

This E-Case tells the story of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA) before and after a major organizational transition. MNRAAA went from being a nonprofit in name but embedded in other local agencies, to a standalone nonprofit. The E-Case uses the four-frame model created by Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal to understand the nuances of MNRAAA before and after its transition.    See full post

Ripe for Change: Just Food’s Recovery from Executive Misconduct

This E-Case details a Lawrence, Kansas, food bank’s experience with—and recovery from—executive fraud. Organizational stakeholders describe their experiences working through this crisis and the ways in which the misconduct case impacted staff, board members, clients and the community at large. This example can be used to consider board member responsibilities, ethical leadership, and nonprofit governance issues broadly.    See full post

Nonprofit Leadership Across Borders

This E-Case allows students to examine nonprofit leadership across borders, scrutinize the opportunities and challenges of grassroots development aid through small, international nonprofit organizations, and consider questions about how small, international nonprofits are vehicles in which to put global citizenship into action. The case takes place between Buffalo, New York and Kisumu, Kenya. The author would like thank the board members and volunteers of Future in Our Hands - USA and Future in Our Hands - Kenya for their participation in providing insight to this project and most importantly their passion for global justice.    See full post

Health & Human Services Value Curve

Interested in learning more about an organizational improvement framework for health and human services? Want to examine variation in how leaders apply that framework to making change? This material highlights the Health and Human Services Value Curve, how it’s being applied across the country, and lessons about its use from the American Public Human Services Association.    See full post

Nonprofit Advocacy Advances Organizational Mission

When nonprofits carry out their missions through direct service, they address immediate community needs. They have a further opportunity to advance their missions through advocacy to effect long-term, systemic change. Learn the benefits of incorporating advocacy into the work of your nonprofit organization, and learn the tools and rules to do so successfully.    See full post

Nonprofit Advocacy Advances Organizational Mission

When nonprofits carry out their missions through direct service, they address immediate community needs. They have a further opportunity to advance their missions through advocacy to effect long-term, systemic change. Learn the benefits of incorporating advocacy into the work of your nonprofit organization, and learn the tools and rules to do so successfully.    See full post