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Why CEOs of NGOs fail when their ‘dark side’ gets in the way

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Richard Marshall, visiting TNGO Fellow, will draw on his career at World Vision International as Senior Director for People and Culture to reflect on how leadership traits change under increased strain. Marshall, a trained occupational psychologist as well, will also draw on the applied research of Dolitch and Cairo to discuss some of the examples of failures in transnational NGO leadership. Lunch will be provided.

Date: Thursday, February 5th

Time: 12:30-2:00pm

Location: Eggers Hall 341

Coming Together or Falling Apart? Trends to Internationalize Northern NGOs May Come with Trade-Offs.

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Sarah Stroup, professor of political science at Middlebury College, outlines some of the challenges that arise with the new trend to internationalize and decentralize NGOs away from donor base countries to those which have larger target group populations. Access to funding, of course, is the most blatant, and Stroup discusses others in the article below and her book Borders Among Activists.

Maxwell Faculty work with Amnesty International to review the NGO's shift in organizational structure.

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Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director of the TNGO Initiative and Steve Lux, Head of the Executive Education Program at Maxwell are working on an external review of Amnesty International's  organizational reconfiguration attempt "Moving Closer to the Ground."

The following article outlines the need for the organizational shift and challenges that the initiative faces. 

The Chronicle of Philanthropy Outlines: '6 Trends to Watch in 2015'

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More eye-popping gifts like Gerald Chan's $350-million donation to Harvard, a chance for Generation Xers to shine as leaders, a focus on nonprofit privacy issues, and more are in store this year. The Chronicle of Philanthropy 

What social-sector leaders need to succeed.

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Chronic under-investment is placing increasing demands on social-sector leaders. New research suggests ways they can meet the leadership challenge.

A look by McKinsey&Company

Launch Dates Announced for .ngo and .ong Domain Names.

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Sunrise and limited registration for domain names ending with .ngo and .ong (the Spanish language equivalent) will start March 17th of this year. General registration begins May 6th 2015. These designations will serve to develop better communication channels between NGOs, donors and businesses to ultimately improve local communities and help appease social issues. Follow this link for more information.

TNGO Initiative Co-Director Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken will speak on 'Organizational Change in Transnational NGOs: Collaboration, Conflict and Unpleasant Conundrums'

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This talk is part of the Program for Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration's (PARCC) Conversations in Conflict Studies Series. NGOs are forced to initiate organizational change to counter threats to their future relevance, credibility and effectiveness. Tosca will share her reflections on how this has led to both collaboration and conflict in her experiences working with and leading diverse NGOs. The talk will take place Wednesday, January 14th from 12:30-1:30pm in the PARCC conference room Eggers Hall 400. Pizza will be served and attendee participation and discussion is encouraged.   Announcement here: PARCC Conversations

Billionaire Silicon Valley couple pioneers new approach to philanthropy through how they give and how they decide who to give to.

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Dustin Moskovitz (Facebook co-founder, 30 years old) and Cari Tuna ( age 29) are giving away their fortune with the intention of redistributing their wealth during their lifetimes. This has led them to found their own foundation, Good Ventures. They have also taken a systematic and analytic approach to best determine where their money can have the largest impact on humanity through partnering with GiveWell.

Follow the Washington Post article for more details on how they are evaluating causes and grant petitions. 

Would you like to know how many people around the world helped a stranger in 2014? Or how many people donated money or volunteered time? What are the top giving countries around the world?

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Check out Charities Aid Foundation's (CAF) World Giving Index full report here or view the summary.

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