Best/Worst Case Scenerio for releif from NGOX: Perspective of KPU’s ANTH 3190 Students. See What They Had to Say.


Following the earthquake, a notorious cartel took up arms, and began hoarding all available resources and supplies.



NGO-x slowly forms a meeting Feb 23, 2014, so that they can plan their ideas to help the victims of the earthquake.  The Chair of the Board, John D., recently came back from his winter vacation in Prague and is still jet lagged and just settling in to his daily routine.



Email –

Director, Bob: Have you noticed the horrible relationship between our staff and Board?

Chair, John: Yes, our organization is losing credibility, effectiveness, and accountability because of their relationship.  What should we do, Bob? L



There has been some conflict between staff members and the Board because some Board members are “perhaps  … attending meetings infrequently, or erratically, or not engaging in debate or not being seen to be supporting and managing the paid staff who are officially their employees” (Harris, p. 99).



Each member office of NGO-x has varying ideas about what the people of the small town in Mexico needed to recover from the earthquake.  Many members felt food should be provided from North America, Canada and the United States.  Various other NGO-x members wanted to provide food from agriculturalists in nearby towns and villages to support local economy and agriculture.



Additionally, NGO-x is held up with a mission following a volcano eruption in Indonesia, typhoon disaster in Taiwan, and civil war in Myanmar.  With 90% of our resources and aid workers having work in these areas, there is only 10% left to assist in Mexico.




NGO-x Special Meeting

Mexico: Chawpa

Date: Feb 21, 2014

Time: 9A.M.


Chariman: Jennifer Relf

Executive Director – US: Roberto Besler

President: Barrack Carter

Vice President: Joe Gore

Secretary: Hilary Washington

Treasurer: Lewis Clark

Office of Mexico Branch: Enrique Anthony



A meeting was held, but quorum was not met.

Another meeting is held, but quorum is not met again.



Finally, with quorum, a representative from France raises a subsidiary motion altering the main motion.  He proposes digital fundraising and door-to-door fundraising, as the French government typically does not fund NGO-xFrance.  The French government does not fully support the organization because NGO-x is an American NGO.  After further debate, the Chair announces a verbal call for aye or no for government funding or digital and door-to-door fundraising.  The vote was in favor of government funding as time is tight.





Motion: to use fundraised dollars to help those in Mexico.


Motion: to use previously made care packages and send to Mexico.




Minutes from meeting –

On the matter of pollution and health, we have the finest doctors and ecologists … [interrupted]

Board member: Point of order!  How can we trust that these doctors and ecologists are helpful?  I would question their experience and credentials!



Email –

Chair of the Board: John D. / Executive Director: Bob B.

Date: January 12, 2012

Subject: Issues between board and staff

JD: Bob, I wanted to bring to your attention that certain staff are complaining that the board members are insufficiently interested in the staff word.  In fact, they are saying that some board members do not understand the work and, further, no effort is taken to even understand the work.

BB: John, there does appear to be an issue.  As I’ve been told by board members that their staff are so professional that the board is redundant, and only serves a ceremonial function. [See Harris]



To Executive Director,

I have re-read the minutes recorded from our last meeting, and they have been edited multiple times by the recorder who, incidentally, is representing the government funding side of things.



The Board is still unable to come to an agreement and one of the board members brings up the issue of not having enough staff to run the organization efficiently.



The next email between the Chair of the Board and the Executive Director was strained.  Firstly, the Executive Director did not respond right away, and this email required immediate attention.  It related to a concern from a member of the board who was Mexican and he felt insulted by another member who was American.



The email simply involves the Chair explaining why the vote was made to not provide relief.  And, the Executive Director will then decide on the best plan of attack for notifying the employees.

From: Board Chair

To: Director

Not happening L



The Board denied the request to send staff to Mexico.  Bob elected to go rogue, and send several doctors to Mexico anyways.  He hid the travel and financial records so that they board would not see the line items, and began to organize the shipment of supplies to Mexico.



The volunteers who have made it to Mexico are not prepared and have had no training, nor will they get any from the current staff as they are spread thin and have no resources to do so.

Worst Case Scenario complete – fabricated for educational purposes only!

THE End.



References Cited:

Margaret Harris, “Voluntary Sector Governance – Problems in Practice and Theory in the UK and North America,” 97-115. In International Perspectives on Voluntary Action: Reshaping the Third Sector. Ed. David Lewis. London: Earthscan, 1999.

Imagine Canada, Standards Program for Canada’s Charities & Nonprofits, 2012.



Five Trends Shaping the NGO sector

Ayesha Barenblat, Dir, Stakeholder Collaboration

Ayesha Barenblat

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Over the past decade, NGO activity has been shaped by the spread of democracy and the rise of the internet opening up societies. This spurred an expansion of all types of NGOs that enjoyed support from northern governments and unfettered trust from the public. In particular, we saw the rise of western-based international NGOs (or “INGOs”) that now form a key bridge between business, government, and society.

To get a sense of what’s in store for the next 10 years, I spoke with 15 NGO leaders from around the world (with a particular focus on Brazil, India, and China) as well as BSR’s senior management team in the United States, Europe, and Asia. My aim was to get their candid perspectives on how business-NGO relations will evolve over the next decade.

Based on these conversations, what follows are five trends shaping the NGO sector, and an analysis of what these trends will mean for business and NGO engagement in the next 10 years.

The Big Ask: Climate Change

On 10th August, more than 6,000 people took part in the recording of The Big Ask-video clip at Ostende on the Belgian coast. This was the largest event against climate change ever organised in Belgium. The film clip was made possible due to the engagement of volunteers from Friends of the Earth, and many film industry professionals including award winning director Nic Balthazar, film crews, production houses, actors, … Music has been supplied by Hooverphonic.

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