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Civil Society Workshop, September 12: Civil Society Snapshots from Ukraine, Italy, Nigeria with Senior Fellows 2019

Join us on Thursday, September 12, at 12:15 pm, in room 5200.07 (Political Science Thesis Room) for a discussion with

Senior International Fellows 2019:

Ese Swona Emerhi, Project Director, Kilsi Trust- Trust Africa
Olga Nikolska, Program Director, Culture of Philanthropy Development- ISAR Ednannia
Patrik Vesan, Board ExecuDve CommiEee Member, Aosta Valley Community FoundaDon and Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Valle d’Aosta

Civil Society Snapshots from Ukraine, Italy, Nigeria

Civil Society Workshop, November 7, at Baruch College: George Mitchell and Thad Calabrese

November 7, Wednesday, meets at 12pm at Baruch College (There will be lunch at 12:00, with the presentation starting at 12:30 in room 308, 135 E. 22nd St)

George MitchellMarxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College

Thad Calabrese, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University

Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy and the Problem of Institutional Design

George Mitchell
George Mitchell
Thad Calabrese
Thad Calabrese

Abstract: In the United States, the 501(c)3 public charity is the dominant institutional form for philanthropic activity. However, the emergence of new innovations in philanthropic forms and instruments suggest certain limitations to the traditional form of the public charity, specifically as a vehicle for outcome-oriented philanthropy. In line with recent calls to reexamine the fundamental precepts and conventional wisdoms of nonprofit studies, this article critically analyzes the institutional form of the public charity and the ‘standard theory’ that describes it. This analysis demonstrates that the form of the public charity, including the current legal and cultural architectures in which it is embedded, are implicitly designed to maximize resource provider satisfaction and that this objective is necessarily incompatible with the maximization of program outcomes. In this ‘iron circle’ model, donors and nonprofits provide mutual benefits to one another, disregarding beneficiary welfare, and no reliable selection mechanism exists in the sector that could possibly promote allocative efficiency. Further analysis attributes this scenario to the role of information costs and the ‘specter of disappointment.’ Although reform is extremely unlikely, policy implications suggest specific means of developing an information ecosystem significantly more conducive to outcome-oriented philanthropy and the solving of the social problems evidently delegated to the nonprofit sector.

Download the paper for discussion here


Civil Society Workshop on October 11 with Leigh Graham

Join us Thursday, October 11, at 12:30 pm for a discussion with:

Leigh Graham, Assistant Professor of Public Management, John Jay College, on:

Race, Risk, and Resilience in Rockaway

The need to reconstruct the beach neighborhoods of the Rockaways, Queens, after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 brought a wide range of people and organizations together in a local participatory process. Professor Graham’s research shows how participation was affected by differences in race, economic status, and the unique set of regulations surrounding public housing.

Read more about Graham’s work here in Urban Affairs Review.: https://urbanaffairsreview.com/2018/06/05/public-housing-participation-in-superstorm-sandy-recovery/

Meets in room 5401, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Graduate Center.

Comparative Politics Workshop – Wednesday, September 12

Please join us at the co-hosted seminar with the the Comparative Politics Workshop
on Wednesday, September 12 from 4:15-6:15 pm at the Political Science Thesis Room (5th floor).
Veronica Michel (John Jay College, CUNY) will be presenting her paper, “Specializing Justice: NGOs and the Rule of Law in Latin America” (co-authored with Shannon Walsh)
Abstract: With the goal of improving access to justice and human rights performance, NGOs in Mexico and Guatemala now provide victims of gender violence accompaniment through legal proceedings and sometimes pro bono litigation. Current research suggests that NGO- led support for victims of crime and violence are crucial and necessary to attend to cases that would otherwise be left unresolved or abandoned by public prosecutors who lack the resources, will, and/or capacity to competently manage their caseload. But why did NGOs began expanding towards services beyond litigation? In this paper, we address this question by analyzing the expansion of various services provided to victims of feminicide and their relatives by local NGOs in Guatemala and Mexico. Through comparisons of cases of femicide (killings of women), we show when and why NGOs began to dedicate to victim services beyond litigation in Mexico and Guatemala.
The paper is available here: Graduate Center CPW_Michel & Walsh