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Nonprofit Organizations Research Review, Volume 1, December 2006.
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Emerging Issues in
Personal Use of Charities by Politicians was the
subject of the fifteenth Seminar on Emerging Issues in Philanthropy, led
by Marion Fremont-Smith and conducted jointly by The Hauser Center and
The Urban Institutes Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy on December
1st in Cambridge, MA. A group of scholars, practitioners,
and government representatives gathered to discuss three broad types of
interactions between charities and politicians: charities that provide
access to politicians; charities that provide politicians with access to
potential supporters and voters; and charities that provide compensated
havens to politicians and their entourage. Background for the seminar
was a study by Jack B. Siegel, The Wild, the Innocent, and the K Street
Shuffle: The Tax Systems Role in Policing Interactions between
Charities and Politicians that was published in The Exempt
Organization Tax Review, Vol. 54 No. 2 (November 2006). As
with the prior seminars, the organizers are preparing a brief
summarizing the discussion and conclusions that will be available in the
Program on Religion and
The Program on Religion and Public
Life (PRPL) is continuing with its Religion, Politics and Public Life
Faculty Seminar Series and will offer four seminars in this final year.
Seminar 1 for this academic year was held on November 13th,
titled, Religion and Politics in China. Professors Stephen P. Rosen,
the Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military
Affairs at Harvard, and Victor Shih, Assistant Professor at Northwestern
University, shared their research and remarks on the role of religion in
China and its potential role in creating new social networks in the
civic life of China and also the impact of the growth of religion in
China on the social stability, social fabric of China and its
relationship with the government.
Seminar 2 was held on December 18th, titled Religion after
the Revolution: The Cases of Poland and South Africa and looked at the
cases of two countries where religion had been a crucial component of a
major political change and what happened to the religious communities
after the revolution. The panelists were Professors Jose Casanova,
Professor of Sociology, New School for Social Research who presented the
case of Poland and Peter Walshe, Professor of Government and
International Studies, University of Notre Dame, who presented the case
on South Africa. For additional information on these, and other
seminars in this series, visit the
For additional events, upcoming seminars,
conferences and speaking engagements that the Hauser Center and its
staff are either sponsoring or participating in please visit the
The Transnational Studies Initiative is organizing
a series of events to explore the creation and management of the
artistic and cultural products of transnational identities and examine
how they are positioned with respect to ethnic and homeland art. All
events are open to the public and include the following:
- Asian event: Spoken word artist Giles Li
- Date/Time: February 15th from
- Location: Josiah Quincy Elementary School
Auditorium, 885 Washington St., Boston
- South Asian event: Samina Ali, author of
critically acclaimed novel Madras on Rainy Days
- Date/Time: March 1st from 7-9pm
- Location: Cambridge YMCA, 820
Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
- Latino event: Fine artist Miguel Luciano
- Date/Time: March 15th from
- Location: Jorge Hernandez Cultural Center,
85 West Newton St., Boston
Capital Ideas Symposium
The Hauser Center and the Nonprofit Finance Fund
will present a symposium on March 15th at Harvard entitled
Capital Ideas: Moving from Short-Term Engagement to Long Term
Sustainability. The symposium is by invitation only and will convene a
small group of funders, researchers, practitioners and others in the
field to highlight promising funding practices that support building
organizational capacity, long term financial health and enhanced program
performance by grantees.
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include titles for Hauser faculty, researchers or staff.
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An article co-authored by Alnoor Ebrahim
appeared in the journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Full reference: Christensen, Rachel and
Alnoor Ebrahim. 2006. How Does Accountability Affect Mission? The Case
of a Nonprofit Serving Immigrants and Refugees, Nonprofit Management
and Leadership, 17(2): 195-209.
The new book
New Models of Sustainable Social Change
(Ed. Alex Nicholls, Oxford University Press, November 2006), includes
the chapter The Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab): A
University Incubator for a Rising Generation of Social Entrepreneurs by
Gordon Bloom, and the chapter Social Entrepreneurship: Its for
Corporations, Too by James Austin, Herman Dutch Leonard,
Ezequiel Reficco, and Jane Wei-Skillern.
authored a chapter entitled Investment Income
with Woods Bowman and Mark Hager that was
published in Financing Nonprofits: Putting Theory Into Practice
(Ed. Dennis Young, AltaMira Press, September 2006).
Marshall Ganzs book
What a Mighty Power
We Can Be: African American Fraternal Groups and the Struggle for Racial
Equality (Princeton University Press, 2006), co-authored
by Theda Skocpol and Ariane Liazos,
was featured on the Kennedy School of Governments
Virtual Book Tour
and Mark Moore presented at the Innovations in Governance program
held October 29 November 3rd. The program is organized by
the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation and convenes
participants from around the world to examine innovative governance
Kathy Buechel served as a panelist in a
Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania
Presentation on the Role of Women in
Philanthropy in Pittsburgh, PA, drawing on her 15 years of grantmaking
experience in leadership roles in various institutions. Buechel also
attended the fall meeting on November 2nd in Washington, DC
of the Council on Foundations Public Policy Committee, for which she is
Marshall Ganz met with the communications
team of the Green Group, a consortium of 33 major environmental
organizations, on November 3rd to plan a conference about
narrative as a means of moving others to action.
On November 4-5th, Marty Chen participated in an event
organized by WIEGO, the Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA) and
Cornell University. The event, held in Ithaca, NY, was the third in a
series of meetings designed to promote dialogue between economists,
trade union activists and researchers regarding the disconnect between
the reality of informal employment and the assumptions of neo-classical
hosted a meeting of the WIEGO Management Committee in Cambridge, MA on
November 7-8th. The committee, which consists of Renana
Jhabvala (SEWA), Dan Gallin (Global Labour Institute), Pat Horn (StreetNet
International) and William Steel (University of Ghana), met to discuss
plans for the upcoming Strategic Review and Planning Retreat, which will
take place in Bellagio, Italy in May 2007 to mark the 10th anniversary
there Enough Overhead in this Grant? at the Grantmakers in the Arts
Annual conference in Boston November 12-15th.
Several Hauser affiliates participated
in the 35th Annual
Conference (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and
Voluntary Action) from November 15-18th
in Chicago, IL. Alnoor Ebrahim participated in the ARNOVA board
meeting and will be the chair of the annual conference in 2007. In
addition, he co-presented a section plenary on Invisible Divides in
Third Sector Theory: NPOs and NGOs, North and South, and a colloquy on
The State of Capacity Building Research. Peter Dobkin Hall was
the chair and panelist of the symposium Federated Organizations: What
Do We Know? What Do We Need to Know? with co-panelist Dave Brown.
Brown also delivered the Saturday luncheon keynote address on
Legitimacy and Transparency for NGOs: A Transnational Perspective and
conducted a panel following the luncheon to further discuss the issues.
Liz Keatings papers were presented at the panels An
Investigation of Fraud in Nonprofit Organizations: Occurrences and
Deterrents, and Managing Reported Fundraising Costs: The Case of
Nonprofit Telemarketing Campaigns. Keating also presented two
pre-sessions entitled Is there Enough Overhead in this Grant? and
Improving Funding in the Nonprofit Sector.
On November 16th,
Chen participated in the International Forum on the Eradication of
Poverty, which was hosted by the United Nations Division of Social
Policy (DESA) in New York City in celebration of the end of the UN
decade for the eradication of poverty, and in recognition of the UNs
continued commitment to poverty reduction. Chen gave a presentation on
a panel focusing on Mainstreaming Decent Work into Poverty Reduction
Bill Ryan delivered the keynote address at
national governance conference, held in London on November 27th,
of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which convened
nonprofit trustees and public policy-makers in a day-long exchange on
critical governance issues facing UK nonprofits.
On November 29-30th,
Marty Chen participated in a research conference in Geneva
organized by the International Institute for Labour Studies, Decent
Work, Social Policy and Development. In a panel on Governance and the
Role of Social Actors in Promoting Decent Work in Global Production
Networks, Chen spoke about Organizing for Market Access and Fairness:
Informal Producers and Workers in Global Value Chains.
met with new Massachusetts Governor Deval Patricks transition team on
December 4th to consider policies for the new administration
that would promote civic engagement.
delivered the keynote address, Nonprofits and Philanthropy - Changing
Roles in Society, at the first annual
Charity Rating Conference in
Stockholm, Sweden on December 4th. The annual conference is
designed to be a meeting place for those interested in the nonprofit
sector across Sweden.
On December 14th,
Marshall Ganz held an organizing workshop for the Voice of the
Faithful leadership team. The participants were introduced to an
organizing framework of relationship, motivation, strategy and action.
Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) has launched a section on
the Hauser website which includes information and resources related to
this unique initiative. To link to the webpage,
People in the News
Jack McCarthy was mentioned in the November
10th article New members
appointed to archdiocesan finance council in The Pilot.
McCarthy was one of three people appointed to the council.
In the November 15th Harvard Crimson article Does Harvard need an inside man,
Peter Dobkin Hall commented on Harvards search for a new
president. Link to the
is profiled in the December 14th article Seven deadly sins
on collision course with market forces, from News from the Kennedy
School. Link to the article here.
Tiziana Dearings Op-Ed Nonprofits at the
nexus of free speech and public policy was featured in the December 21st
Philanthropy News Digest. Link to the
An interview with Paul Hodge on the economic
and social effects of the aging population is included in the article
How aging will transform America in the December 21st
online edition of the Wall Street Journal. Link to
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Hauser Center Sponsorship Recipients
The Hauser Center is pleased to announce the
following recipients of sponsorships and support.
The Hauser Center funds various Harvard student groups whose activities
are primarily focused on the nonprofit sector. Recipients for fall 2006
- The Corporate Responsibility Council for
Consumer Democracy: When Voting Isnt Enough, a panel discussion
held November 8, 2006.
- The KSG Arts Council for Arts Inside Out, a
Symposium on Arts Policy & Arts Management, March 22, 2007.
- The Latino Caucus for their 10th Annual Law
and Public Policy Conference, Advancing a National Leadership
Agenda, April 19-22, 2007.
- The Harvard Journal of African American
Public Policy for a marketing campaign and journal production.
- The Social Enterprise Club for a panel during
the 8th Annual Social Enterprise Conference which will be held March
4, 2007 at the Harvard Business School.
Governance and Accountability Research Fund
The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and Harvard Law School
created this fund to encourage Harvard scholars to focus on the
challenges of improving nonprofit governance and accountability.
Recipients for fall 2006 include:
- Claude Bruderlein, Lecturer and Director,
Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard School
of Public Health, Topic: Evaluation for policy and advocacy
- Alnoor Ebrahim, Visiting Associate Professor
and Wyss Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Kennedy School of
Government/Harvard Business School, Topic: Linking accountability
and organizational learning: Challenges facing nonprofit managers
working on homelessness.
- Arnold Epstein, John H. Foster Professor and
Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of
Public Health, Topic: Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) indicators:
Comparing quality of case in hospitals nationally.
- Marjorie Garber, William R. Kenan, Jr.,
Professor and Director, Carpenter Center, Faculty of Arts and
Sciences, Topic: Empirical and theoretical study of arts granting
agencies and entities.
- Elizabeth Keating, Senior Research Fellow,
Hauser Center and Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School, Topic: The
The Hauser Center for
Nonprofit Organizations Research Fund
Thanks to a multi-year gift from Rita and Gustave Hauser, the Hauser
Center runs an annual research fund to support Hauser Center colleagues
and promising doctoral research across the country. Recipients for fall
- Elizabeth Keating, Senior Research Fellow,
Lecturer, Harvard Law School, Examining
the Financial Health of the Sector.
- Heather MacIndoe, Postdoctoral Research
Fellow, Hauser Center, Understanding
Urban Grant Economies: A Comparison of Seven U.S. Cities.
- Deborah Becher, Graduate Student, Princeton
University, Nonprofit Status in
Government Partnerships: Niche, Signal, Symbol?
- Rebecca Casciano, Graduate Student, Princeton
University, By Any Means Necessary:
Politics and Provision in Newarks North Ward.
- Alison Jones, Graduate Student, Harvard
University, (Re) Constructing Religion:
Organizing Lay Buddhism in Urban China Today.
- Amy Reynolds, Graduate Student, Princeton
University, Religious Responses to Trade
in North and Central America.
- Jessica Rich, Graduate Student, UC Berkeley,
Civic Engagement from the Top Down:
Comparative Lessons from Brazils Response to AIDS.
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