This edition of the Hauser Center E-News highlights activities and events from
January - February 2007.
People in Action
People in the News
Activities Fund Recipients
Access Projects Update
Spotlight on Improving Legal Regulation
of the Nonprofit Sector
Since publication in 2004 of her
award winning book, Governing Nonprofit Organizations: Federal and
State Law and Regulation,
Marion Fremont-Smith has been
working on several Hauser Center research projects focusing on improving
governance and accountability in the nonprofit sector. She has
conducted a survey of the state and federal laws regulating solicitation
of funds by charities; has published a paper recommending that the
disparate provisions of the Internal Revenue Code regulating private
foundation and public charities be integrated; and at the request of the
Senate Finance Committee has provided a critique and analysis of
far-reaching proposals made by its staff to increase federal regulation
of exempt organizations. She served as co-convener of an Expert
Advisory Committee to the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector established by
Independent Sector at the request of the Finance Committee to respond to
its staff proposals.
Marions on-going research continues to address issues of governance and
accountability and ways in which legal regulation of the non-profit
sector can be improved. She addressed the laws governing donor intent
and recent legal developments affecting the sector at conferences
sponsored by the Center on Philanthropy and the Law at New York
University School of Law in 2005 and by the Hauser Center and Harvard
Law School in 2006. At the end of March 2007 she will present a paper
at a conference sponsored by Fordham Law School and the Lincoln Center
for the Performing Arts that updates and expands on these two studies.
This paper is to be published in the Fordham Law Review later in 2007.
Finally, she is continuing a study of alternative governance structures
in various domains of the nonprofit sector, such as academic
institutions, hospitals, or social welfare agencies, that might be
appropriate for wider adoption throughout the sector. She is also
collaborating with Peter Dobkin Hall on a preliminary study of federated
organizations, reviewing their history, legal structure and present
day status. They are preparing case studies of several
federated organizations, looking for patterns of governance and
trends in performance. They anticipate expanding this project
in collaboration with colleagues at the Hauser Center, as well as
with faculty and researchers at Harvard and other institutions
throughout the country.
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From February 5-10th, Marty Chen co-hosted
a series of workshops in New Delhi and Ahmedabad on the informal
economy. The workshops are part of a research project entitled
Informality, Poverty and Growth: Labor Markets in China and India,
which is jointly organized by WIEGO,
Fudan University, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, and
the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. In
this round of workshops, fifteen participants (4 governmental officials,
1 NGO representative and 10 academics) traveled from China to discuss
issues such as the measurement of the informal economy, and to
participate in a field visit to the Self Employed Womens Association (SEWA).
A follow-up event is currently being planned to be held at Harvard
University in April.
The Social Entrepreneurship Collaborary (SE Lab)
Entrepreneurship Collaboratory (SE Lab) 2007, taught by Gordon
Bloom, is currently underway with 20 U.S. and international social
change projects and 60 students from the Kennedy School, Harvard
Business School, School of Public Health, School of Education, School of
Design, Harvard College, Divinity School and MIT. Students are working
on issue areas including poverty alleviation/microfinance, human rights,
gender/racial equality, education, environment, corporate social
responsibility, economic development, international conflict resolution,
and social innovation. Please see the
SE Lab homepage for more
information on the teams and the course.
Online Curriculum Module on
online curriculum module on Organizing is now available to the public at
Organizing module website. This web module contains learning
materials that touch upon questions such as What is organizing? How do
people organize? What skills are required of organizers? How can these
skills be shared with others? This module is designed as a library of
readings, video lecture clips and web link resources on organizing for
organizers, students, and trainers of organizers alike. In addition,
trainers will find pedagogy on organizing developed by Professor Ganz
and his colleagues.
People in Action
spent a portion of January in India building partnerships with research
institutes for a project on Accountability and Representation in Policy
Contexts. The project involves six countries and will build a network
of partners that are studying civil society relationships with national
governments and international financial institutions on issues of
From January 3-19th, Marshall Ganz co-taught a
winter term seminar with Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres at the
Harvard Law School on Social Movements, Law Stories and Law Making.
The seminar looked at the relationship between lawyering practices and
social movements that challenge unjust social, economic, and political
On Jan 7th, Marshall Ganz spoke at the Eitz Chayim
congregations Adult Education Series. Ganz spoke on the topic of Rabbi
Hillels three questions: If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am for myself alone, what am I? If not now, when?
and Jim Honan in cooperation with faculty from the Center for
Civil Society Studies at Beijing University developed and delivered a
five-day workshop to approximately 50 Chinese NGO leaders in Beijing
from January 12-16th. The workshop included half-day
segments on civil society and development, strategy for nonprofit
organizations, strategic fund-raising, financial management, and
On January 20th, Marshall Ganz ran a half-day workshop
on narratives for the Merrimack Valley Project. Ganz also ran a public
narrative workshop from January 23-25th for 50 communications
staff drawn from the 33 national environmental organizations associated
with the Green Group in Washington, DC. Participants worked on
developing narratives to mobilize the public and strengthen the
environmental movement, especially in light of the global warming
Jim Honan and Mary Hilderbrand worked with faculty from Monterrey
Tec in Mexico City from January 23-27th to develop and
deliver two two-day executive education workshops for Mexican NGO
leaders. The first workshop focused on Civil Society Identity,
Legitimacy and Accountability, and the second focused on Performance
Management for NGOs. These workshops are part of an ongoing
partnership between KSG, the Hauser Center and the Public Administration
Program at Monterrey Tec.
On January 29-30th, the Hauser Center sponsored and
helped teach in the first annual nonprofit training for student officers
of Harvards Philips Brooks House Association (PBHA).
PBHA is a student-run public service organization at Harvard that
consists of 72 program committees and over 1,800 student volunteers.
The Hauser Center designed the two-day training, and Hauser Center
Principals Tiziana Dearing and Jim Honan taught in it.
Philips Brooks House intends to make the two-day crash course in
running a nonprofit an annual event for its new officers.
gave two presentations at a Conference on Citizen Participation and
Democratic Governance organized by the Society for Participatory
Research in Asia (PRIA)
in early February. One presentation, on Capacities for the Community
Sector: Setting the Stage focused on the impacts of globalization on
local development; the other discussed Practice-Research Engagement as
a Strategy for Mobilizing Community Knowledge.
On February 1st Marty Chen gave a talk on Renewed
Interest in the Informal Economy: Different Players and Perspectives at
the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok.
From February 1-4th, Marshall Ganz, Sarah Staley,
and other members of the Sierra Club Leadership Development Project
committee kicked off the third series of Sierra Club workshops on
leadership development in Seattle, WA with the Cascade chapter of the
Sierra Club. The team led a 1-1/2 day facilitation training followed
by a 2-1/2 day workshop on strategic deliberation and action. The
participants learned to structure an effective leadership team, conduct
creative strategic deliberation, take effective action, strengthen their
own reflective practice, and set personal and group goals.
On February 4th, Marty Chen served as a panelist at
the New Delhi launch of the book,
Liberalization and Indias Informal Economy, edited by Barbara
Harriss-White (University of Oxford) and Anushree Sinha (National
Council of Applied Economic Research), and published by Oxford
University Press in January 2007.
Peter Dobkin Hall
delivered the public lecture No Margin, No Mission: Mount Auburn
Cemetery as a Charitable Enterprise on February 7th at the
Boston Public Library as part of Mount Auburn cemeterys
175th anniversary celebration.
taught three classes in the Leadership for Development Program for
senior government leaders from Pakistan from February 19-21st.
The classes focused on the challenges and potentials of multi-sector
partnership for solving development problems.
At the annual Bridge Builders Conference Peter Dobkin Hall
presented the seminar Demystifying Harvard: Higher Education and
Development, 1636 to the Present on February 26th. The
Bridge Builders Conference is a student initiative which brings
together grassroots activists from around the world.
On February 28th, Alnoor Ebrahim attended the annual
meeting of the International
Studies Association in Chicago. He and a colleague, Edward Weisband,
presented their work on Global Accountabilities: Analytical Dilemmas
which is part of a forthcoming book.
presented on leadership development and task design on February 28th
in the Achieving Excellence in Community Development Executive Education
session at the Kennedy School.
The article Misgivings: Recent studies raise an uncharitable
question: Is nonprofit accounting off track? in the January 10th
edition of CFO.com features research conducted by Elizabeth
Keating and includes quotes by her. Link to the
The WBUR portion of Morning Edition on February 7th
included comments by Father Bryan Hehir
on the sale of hospitals owned by the Archdiocese.
Christopher Stone co-wrote the article on police
accountability Human Rights Commission Needed for the February 13th
edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Transnational Civil Society: An Introduction, edited by
Srilatha Batliwala and Dave Brown, was reviewed in the
New Books section of The Chronicle of Philanthropy on February
Activities Fund Recipients
We are pleased to announce the
Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations awards from the Student
Organization Activities Fund for spring 2007 to support Harvard student
activities. Recipients include:
- The Womens Policy
Journal of Harvard for a project that will distribute the Journal to
incoming KSG students. Submitted by Cheryl Baum.
- The Black Policy
Conference Steering Committee for their 3rd Annual Black Policy
Conference, Speaking Truth to Power. The conference will be held
April 13-14, 2007. Submitted by Jacqueline Greer.
- The International
Development Conference for their 13th Annual Development
Conference, The Way Forward, The conference will be held April
20-22, 2007. Submitted by Emmanuel Nouga-Ngog.
- The Bridge Builders
Conference for their 2007 International Bridge Builders Conference,
A Grassroots Agenda for Change. The conference was held February
26 March 4, 2007. Submitted by Mary Abdo.
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Philanthropy Classics Access Project Update
With support from the Surdna and Charles Stewart Mott
Foundations, the Hauser Center sponsors the Philanthropy Classics Access
Project. The Project is putting important out-of-print texts relating
to the history of philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations
on-line, whence they can be downloaded for free by students, faculty,
and the general public. Each text is accompanied by an interpretive
introduction written by a leading scholar. For information and to
download texts visit the
Philanthropy Classics Project website.
Volumes currently available include:
Leonard Bacon. 1832-1870. Four Essays on Organizational
Governance. With a new introduction by Peter Dobkin Hall, Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University.
Merle Curti and Roderick Nash. 1965. Philanthropy in the Shaping of
American Higher Education. With a new introduction by Andrea Walton,
Department of History, Indiana University.
Francis Goodale. 1893. Literature of Philanthropy. With a new
introduction by Darwin Stapleton, Rockefeller Archive Center.
Howard S. Miller. 1961. The Legal Foundations of American
Philanthropy, 1776-1844. With a new introduction by Peter Dobkin
Hall, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
William Rhinelander Stewart. 1922. The Philanthropic Work of
Josephine Shaw Lowell, Containing a Biographical Sketch of Her Life,
Together with Her Public Papers and Private Letters. With a new
introduction by Joan Waugh, Department of History, UCLA.
Frank Dekker Watson. 1922. The Charity Organization Movement in the
United States: A Study in American Philanthropy. With a new
introduction by Joel Schwartz, National Endowment for the Humanities.
Forthcoming volumes include:
Leonard Ayres. 1911. Seven Great Foundations. With a new
introduction by David C. Hammack, Department of History, Case Western
Russell Sage Foundation. 1956. Report of the Princeton Conference on
the History of Philanthropy in the United States. With a new
introduction by Frances Heuhls, Payton Philanthropy Library, Indiana
Carl Zollmann. 1924. The American Law of Charities. With a new
introduction by Marion R. Fremont-Smith, Kennedy School of Government
and the Law School, Harvard University.
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