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Robert L. Fischer, PhD, Research Associate Professor
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Mar 20 2015
Two Mandel School alumni are the featured presenters at “From Program Operator to Program Officer: What Practitioners Bring to the World of Philanthropy,” on Tuesday, March 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Mandel Community Studies Center, Room 115.
This is the second of three Conversations in Philanthropy, a special series this spring sponsored by the Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) program that brings the area’s brightest minds together to discuss trending topics in the world of philanthropy. The event includes speaker presentations, a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Robert Fischer (director of the MNO program), and a reception from 5:30 to 6 pm.
Philanthropy, from the Greek meaning “love of humanity,” has its roots in the simple notion of individuals helping others. Today, the staff members at foundations do the hard work of executing the mission of the foundations, which involves grant making.
Who are these individuals and what qualifies someone to take on this role? In this session we hear from two Mandel School alumni who made the transition from nonprofit agency to foundation officers, to learn what practitioners can bring to this important work. The presenters are:
Shilpa Kedar, MNO 2005, is program director of economic development at The Cleveland Foundation, where she works with city leaders, civic groups and foundation staff to support ongoing economic development efforts and develop new ones benefiting greater Cleveland.
Christie Manning, MSSA 1997, is senior program officer for resilient families at St. Luke’s Foundation. She provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Resilient Families program area, which is a grant portfolio designed to catalyze and sustain opportunities to ensure that community resources meet families’ needs and empower parents to implement their vision for the health and well-being of their families.
It is free and open to all, but registration is required. Simply email your RSVP to Maria.Sharron@case.edu.
1 PD hour is available for students, and 1 CEU is available for social workers. The CEU cost is $10 for Case Western Reserve alumni and $25 for non-alumni. Please make the CEU request in your RSVP. The entire lecture must be attended to receive a CEU.
Aug 26 2014
“The power of (the Ice Bucket Challenge) is that it was started by someone with ALS,” Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and the Mandel School‘s director of the master’s degree program in nonprofit organizations, explained to the Cleveland Plain Dealer in “Local ALS nets thousands from Ice Bucket frenzy but don’t expect other groups to follow suit” on August 22, 2014.
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has gained widespread attention online and in the media, encouraging fundraising and raising awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Plain Dealer interviewed Fischer as a local nonprofit expert about the impact on fundraising organizations and campaigns.
“The Ice Bucket Challenge is similar to cash mobs in that they are initiated by people who care about the worth of these organizations,” Fischer added. “If other organizations did this it would likely dampen the excitement… This turned out to be a great way for (Ice Bucket Challenge originators) to accelerate what they were doing. But it would become routine.” Fischer doubts other fundraising organizations could co-opt the ice bucket movement as the current sensation and interest will not stay novel very long.
Explaining why the challenge gained so much attention so quickly compared with other fundraising activities such as bike rides and marathons, Fischer said “It doesn’t take a special talent to dump a bucket of ice water over your head.”
Read the entire article at Cleveland.com.
May 21 2014
A 2013 report from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development on the benefits of prekindergarten education was cited by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in “FitzGerald’s universal preschool proposal: What you’re saying” on May 15, 2014. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is running for Ohio Governor and announced the day before that he would be making his “Pre-K All the Way” plan for universal prekindergarten a primary policy of his campaign.
The Poverty Center report “Getting Ready for School: Piloting Universal Prekindergarten in an Urban County” in the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk is cited in the story as having found “lower-achieving children attending pre-K programs in Cuyahoga County made bigger gains and exceeded expectations compared to already high-achieving children.”
“Getting Ready for School” was written by Center Co-Director Dr. Rob Fischer, former staff researcher and doctoral student Lancer Peterson, doctoral assistant Tirth Bhatta, and Center Co-Director Dr. Claudia Coulton.
The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is a research center at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University.