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Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) of Madison County Case Study

Trent Engbers (Indiana University) & Krisitin Bishay (Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates Inc.)

May 2011


"Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) of Madison County" is a case study that examines the conflict surrounding a nonprofit organization that attempts to separate into two independent agencies. The case is divided into three sections.

Section one provides an introduction to the case and a summary of the relevant actors and the problems that they face. Section two examines the negotiation and the obstacles to a successful transition. Section three shows how the culture of the organizations effected the separation and provides a summary of the conclusions reached by the negotiators.

All three sections feature multiple actors including private sector supporters, private accountants, public officials and nonprofit managers to demonstrate the importance of collaboration among stakeholders in nonprofit sector negotiations.  

400 Eggers Hall