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Robert L. Fischer, PhD, Research Professor
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Aug 18 2015
In June, thirty community organizations spread out across Cuyahoga County to count the number of unaccompanied youth (without a parent or guardian) who are currently homeless or unstably housed. The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development worked with community partners to design the survey used to find out who these homeless youth are. Center staff then trained community workers in how to collect the data in a methodologically-sound and respectful way.
Read this brief report on the Youth Count. More detailed findings will be forthcoming.
The survey and resultant analysis were conducted by the following Center faculty and staff:
- Dr. Elizabeth R. Anthony, senior research associate
- Dr. Rob Fischer, co-director
- Dr. Seok-Joo Kim, post-doctoral fellow
- Yoonkyung Shin, Mandel School MSSA student research assistant
- Marci Blue, research assistant
Jul 22 2015
But how has the landscape of the philanthropic sector changed in the past 100 years? What is its relevance to social change? And what do practitioners bring to philanthropy?
Those were questions addressed at Conversations in Philanthropy, a special series last spring that gathered philanthropic experts from the area’s top foundations and organizations – including several alumni – to share their insights and answer questions from the audience. It was sponsored by the Master of Nonprofit Organizations program with input from the Mandel School Visiting Committee and moderated by Robert L. Fischer, PhD, Director of the MNO Program and Co-Director of the Poverty Center.
Conversations in Philanthropy 2015:
Understanding Philanthropy: What You Need To Know About the Field on February 24, 2015, featured Marcia Egbert, JD, Senior Program Officer at the George Gund Foundation, and John Gest, MBA 2010, Managing Director of the Northern Ohio Office of Philanthropy Ohio (pictured with Dr. Fischer). Watch video >>
From Program Operator of Program Officer: What Practitioners Bring to the World of Philanthropy on March 24, 2015, featured Shilpa Kedar, MNO 2005, Program Director of Economic Development and The Cleveland Foundation, and Christie Manning, MSSA 1997, Senior Program Officer for Resilient Families at St. Luke’s Foundation. Watch video >>
Philanthropy is a Big Tent: Making Philanthropy Part of Your Lifelong Commitment on April 28, 2015, featured Leah Gary, MSN 1985, President and CEO of the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation and Jazmin Long, MSSA/MNO 2015, Welcoming Coordinator at Global Cleveland. Watch video >>
Jul 15 2015
That was the topic of a vital 90.3 WCPN “Sound of Ideas” radio show on July 9 featuring alumna Angela D’Orazio, MSSA 2011, Program Officer at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland; field supervisor Kate Lodge, Program Director of A Place 4 Me initiative; Tasha Jones, a former foster child and a youth contributor to A Place 4 Me; Gary Stanger of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative; and Dr. Robert Fischer, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Poverty Center, who is conducting a survey of Cleveland’s homeless youth and contributed insights from his research to the NPR radio show.