Session 2: Entry Into a CBO – Understanding the Organizational Landscape

Instructors

Pat Bennett, Angela Sun, Bill McConnell

Aims

To deepen our understanding of the systems and structures that are important to CBO organizations

Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will:
  1. Understand the internal and external factors that impact CBOs Understand factors and strategies involved in the establishment of organizational priorities
  2. Understand how the regulatory, funding and service delivery relationships among CBOs and government agencies relate to research
  3. Recognize the role of Community Advisory Board in CBPR and the power hierarchy within the Advisory Board
  4. Develop familiarity with the use of organizational assessment and community assessment processes

Key Terms

  • CBO: Community Based Organization
  • Board of Directors: is the governing body of an incorporated non-profit who is responsible for fiscal oversight, hiring and evaluating the Executive Director, and setting policy
  • Organizational Assessment: using assessment tools to understand the capacity of an organization and to create plans for growth and development. (Example of tool provided)

Agenda

  • 09:00-09:15: Factors impact CBOs & how priorities are established
  • 09:15-09:45: How relationships among CBOs, funding and government agencies impact research programs
  • 09:45-10:00: Q &A
  • 10:00-11:00: Fellows discuss their assignments
  • 11:00 -11:10: Break
  • 11:10-12:00: RSG

Readings

  • Grobman, G. (2008). The nonprofit handbook: Everything you need to know to start and run your nonprofit organization (5th ed.). Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications.

Teaching Materials

  • None

Supplemental Resources

  • None

Assignment

Prior to the next session, participants will conduct a key-informant interview of a staff person within a CBO. Choose a manager or executive director – someone who is familiar with the CBO’s structure and decision making processes. Write a brief paper on the perceived needs of the organization. Describe services, support or activities that build the capacity of the organization. 

Summaries of Objectives

  1. Understand the internal and external factors that impact CBOs
    1. Identify factors and strategies involved in the establishment of organizational priorities
  2. Understand the regulatory, funding and service delivery relationships among CBOs and government agencies relate to research
    1. Map and research funding opportunities
  3. Recognize the role of Community Advisory Board in CBPR and the power hierarchy within the Advisory Board
    1. How to solicit shareholders voice, maintain the mission and empower an advisory board
  4. Develop familiarity with the use of organizational assessment and community assessment processes
    1. Familiarize with the tools and evidence based in Organizational development – learn specific tools

Assessment Data and Learner Feedback

  1. Understand the internal and external factors that impact CBOs
    1. Ability to identify specific factors and strategies in the establishment of organizational priorities
  2. Understand the regulatory, funding and service delivery relationships among CBOs and government agencies relate to research
    1. Ability to research funding opportunities for CBO’s from Govt. Agencies
  3. Recognize the role of Community Advisory Board in CBPR and the power hierarchy within the Advisory Board
    1. Ability to discuss the attributes of having an advisory board
    2. Visit an advisory board session or write about a more personal experience of participation with advisory boards
  4. Develop familiarity with the use of organizational assessment and community assessment processes
    1. Plan for an organizational assessment

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