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Former CEO of WorldVision to Speak at Maxwell: 2/28 at 1215pm in 204 Eggers

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Dean Hirsch will share his experiences as the CEO of one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs. He will also present his views on the present NGO landscape as well as indicators for success and sustainability in TNGOs. 


Mr. Hirsch was World Vision president from 1996 through September 2009 and served as a Global Ambassador for World Vision until 2010.  Hirsch is known for refocusing World Vision’s development and advocacy work on children, and during his presidency, World Vision’s income grew five-fold.  Today, its 40,000 staff members provide health care, education, clean water, emergency food, tools, shelter and technical know-how to millions of the world’s poorest inhabitants.  Prior to his appointment as World Vision president in 1996, Hirsch served as chief operating officer, vice president for development and vice president for relief operations. Hirsch has worked extensively in disaster and post-conflict situations.



 Mr. Hirsch will also be giving a Career Talk Co-Sponsored by the Maxwell Center for Career Development at 2pm in Eggers 352 on February 28th.  Light snacks will be provided.  


New publication: 'Collaborative Propensities Among Transnational NGOs Registered in the United States'

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George E. Mitchell authored the article 'Collaborative Propensities Among Transnational NGOs Registered in the United States.'


Abstract: NGO collaborations and government–NGO relations have become popular subjects of inquiry in public administration. Analysis discovers that leaders’ organizations exhibit either an “independent” or an “interdependent” collaborative propensity. As members of global civil society, many transnational NGO leaders are reluctant, if not averse, in their attitudes toward collaboration with actors outside of civil society, particularly government agencies. Leaders of independent transnational NGOs evince concern over the implications of intersectoral collaboration for organizational legitimacy, whereas leaders of interdependent transnational NGOs appear to be attracted to the increased funding and recognition that intersectoral collaborations may provide.

Director of LGBT Program, Human Rights Watch, 2/25 at 7pm in 500 Hall of Languages

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If you are interested in international human rights or LGBT rights around the world, check out this sponsored talk by the Syracuse University Humanities Center.  Graeme Reid, the Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Rights Program at Human Rights Watch, will be giving a talk entitled "The Trouble with Tradition: When 'Values' Trample over Rights" on Monday, February 25 at 7pm in 500 Hall of Languages.

New publication: The Planned Close of an NGO: Evidence for a New Organizational Form?

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Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has published (with David Berlan, ABD in Public Administration) the article 'The Planned Close of an NGO: Evidence for a New Organizational Form?'


The article examines a human rights NGO (Realizing Rights) that ceased operations after only 8 years. A voluntary and planned end, this case raises the possibility of a new form, the time-bound organization. Through a series of interviews with staff, board members, the founder, and key external stakeholders, this study examines the nonprofit’s leadership, time-bound structure, strategic approach, and wind-down process. Drawing on the lessons of this case, the article identifies benefits and challenges of the time-bound organization form. A range of voluntary organizations could learn from this example and consider the form, including nonprofits experiencing a leadership transition, facing environmental threats, or considering a structural change such as a merger.

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