Teaching Cases in the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Sector- eBook

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ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-952815-70-6

Author(s): Emma A. Powell, Paloma Raggo

Copyright year: 2023

Edition: 1st

Pages: 398

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Teaching cases represent an event, a problem, or a decision that needs to be made. In Teaching Cases in the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Sector, students are asked to reflect critically on the situation and work through how they would approach it. The use of teaching cases in the nonprofit classroom is valuable and highly effective. This teaching strategy brings real experiences into the classroom and highlights the diversity of ethical, organizational, governance, and leadership challenges commonly faced in the sector.  

The text is organized to support multiple audiences. First, faculty seeking a supplemental learning tool for core themes in nonprofit education can easily identify cases designed to highlight critical issues students will be intrigued by. The second audience is the student; the creative key evidence sections and easy reading style approach make each case welcoming for the reader. Cases integrate theory and practice and continue to help students learn to tolerate ambiguity in decision making. Finally, these cases can provide practitioners with a tool for team development, executive growth, and board development. Through case learning, professionals can evaluate situations that prompt reflection on their own tendencies. Each case provides an opportunity for learning and development for instructors, students, and practitioners alike. 

In addition to the case text,  the instructor resources included in the online companion material contain teaching notes and recommended readings for guided facilitation techniques and supported teaching methods. Each case comes with additional resources, learning modules, teaching strategies, and learning outcomes. 


Book Series Preface 

Book Preface  

About the Editors 


Section 1: Nonprofit Governance 

1.1 Mental Health Cooperative  

Daphne Rixon, Heidi Weigand, and Leslie Brown 

1.2 A Shared Governance Struggle: A Theatre in Trouble 

Michelle Wooddell 

1.3 The Dawson Falls Dilemma 

Jack Showers 

1.4 Clean Canada: Managing Financial Risk through Leadership and Governance 

Jessica McAdam, Allison Smith, and Leanne Burton 

1.5 The Pit Bulls’ Corner and its Sustainability Challenge 

João Roberto Louza Palmeira, Audrey Fernandes Graziadei da Costa, Lara Juliana Cerqueira Romualdo, and Rafaela Dantas F. de Santana 


Section 2: Nonprofit Leadership 

2.1 San Antonio Community Advancement  

April Johnson 

2.2 Dance Intensive XYZ: Divergent Thinking in a Dual Leadership Model

Jill Schinberg 

2.3 A Difficult ADJUSTment

Kira English 

2.4 Furever Homes: How Shortsightedness Can Lead to Long-Term Problems

Casey Hadaway 

2.5 The Dilemma of Differing Stakeholders 

Brandon Shepard and Richard D. Waters


Section 3: Advocacy and Inclusion 

3.1 Outsourcing Government Functions to Nonprofit Subject Matter Experts: The Case of the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and the Oasis Center      

Naumi Vate and Sarah L. Young 

3.2 Raise the Motor City    

Joseph W. Stull and Sarah L. Young 

3.3 Mission Drift, Race Relations, and Immigration Policy in Nonprofit Advocacy 

Katherine Pulaski 

3.4 Intent to Impact: DEI in a Community Cycling Initiative  

Ariel Schwartz and Allison R. Russell 

3.5 Homeless Center of Hope: Leadership and Advocacy  

Madison Morell 


Section 4: Human Capital Management 

4.1 Healthways of Southville  

Logan Poley 

4.2 Camp Ouroboros 

Jack Showers 

4.3 PESO: A Turnover Dilemma 

Annaliese Fowler 

4.4 Implementing a Living Wage for Staff: Challenges for a Homeless Organization 

Kieran Maingot and Caitlin McMullin 


Section 5: Fund Development/Fundraising 

5.1 Student Organizations at Mid-Atlantic University  

George W. Sampson, EricaJoy Oliverio, Lindsey Hepler, and Melissa Yeh 

5.2 Prepare to be Canned 

Linda Golaszewski

5.3 Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Crisis Communication 

Megan Stubbs and Steve Mumford 

5.4 Save Our Sisters: Attempting International Philanthropy Transformation within Canadian Regulation 

Sherlyn Assam and Caitlin McMullin 

5.5 Unstoppable: Staying Relevant During COVID-19: A Marketing Case Study  

Stephanie Sheehan and Richard D. Waters 


Section 6: Program Collaboration and Partnerships 

6.1 Reimagining Through Crisis Management: The 2020 AAAE Conference 

Julie Goodman and Jim O’Connell 

6.2 The Pitfalls of International Development  

Chantal Courchesne, Syeda Uzma Gilani, and Lidia Korczynska-Smith 

6.3 The Funder, The Grantee, and The Overdue Report  

Fernando do Amaral Nogueira and Silvia Antonia de Morais 

6.4 East Mainland Community Resource Centre  

Syeda Uzma Gilani, Emilie Grenier, Faisal Jama, Michaela Keogh, and Julia Nyberg 

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