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NGO Leaders on Current and Future Change - Shared screen with speaker view
Paul Ventura
06:53
Yes I see it.
Doris Basler
06:57
hi everyone - cooking while listening thus off video :-)
Samuel Worthington
12:34
We have gathered this data over multiple years and COVID provides us unique challenges and opportunities to drive change in the US NGO sector.
Samuel Worthington
14:09
Larger NGOs seem to be more responsive to external change. Is this a concern for others?
Paul Ventura
15:29
I direct a small NGO that provides support to organizations in southern Africa. Our local leaders have been remarkably resilient and creative in responding to COVID.
Samuel Worthington
16:40
Smaller NGOs have less bureaucracy and often embrace local solutions more rapidly.
Rochelle Nakhid
17:49
agreed....this has been my experience...leading a small NGO...in fact felt like we were dragging our UN donors along to adapt...
Doris Basler
18:05
Are large NGOs "more responsive" in a pro-active way - or simply more impacted and thus more reactive? Agree with amazing resilience of many small organisations; and that at times "agility" might be easier for them as they have less (internal, conflicting) stakeholder interests to reconcile??
Paul Ventura
18:45
That’s true, Samuel. In our case we have very little bureaucracy and rely on a group of local Mentors that manage over 50 girls and boys clubs in four countries, We actually doubled the number of clubs in 2020.
Samuel Worthington
19:27
Good point. Can we sustain this dive for a more diverse and inclusive sector? And make some real change.
William Garrood
19:30
We are moderately bureaucratic, mid -large size, but we found COVID gave us permission to cut through a lot of that and act a lot quicker.
Ann Hershberger MCC
21:11
Our experience was similar- COVID allowed us to be more nimble even in light of bureaucracy.
Samuel Worthington
21:32
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Raina Fox [she/her]
23:38
I'm making note of this conversation in the chat, feel free to continue to share thoughts/questions!
Salvatore Alaimo
24:13
Is there a sense that organizational effectiveness is treated as a separate dimension or does it drive the other dimensions?
Samuel Worthington
24:15
Are donors limiting our business models? For some NGOs this is a major risk area.
Halil Demir
24:41
Sam is there any correlation between Climate change and Human right that Humanitarian should pay attention too? Like in Colombia killing of Social leaders?
Halil Demir
25:25
or Rain forest and native leaders killing n Brazil?
Samuel Worthington
25:26
Agree with the linkages. We partner with CIVICUS and others on the political front.
Samuel Worthington
26:05
Without a PPP InterAction would have cut staff in 2019.
Samuel Worthington
26:42
We will be doing lots of work in this area with MzN.
George Mitchell
27:46
What factors do people feel helped most to support organizational resilience in 2020?
William Garrood
27:55
I'm really struck by how low that M&A number is, given the disruption to the sector. You would have imagined more would have been pushed in that direction.
Paul Ventura
28:32
George, for us it was the high-level of decentralization that allowed our reach and impact to grow in 2020
Kristin Lord
28:41
To George, for us technology was absolutely essential. I can't imagine how we would have weathered COVID in a pre-internet age
Salvatore Alaimo
29:01
Can we get a sense for how organizational effectiveness was specifically framed in the study?
Samuel Worthington
29:16
A merger often take 2-3 years to pull off. We shall see if there is an uptick in 2022-23.
Susan Reichle
29:20
For us, focus on staff wellbeing and going fully virtual in delivery of our work.
Samantha Albery
29:28
For every step towards agility - there was a correlation with success towards goals - I'd like to hear that quote again if possible.
Megin Wolfman
29:49
What does the data look like over time regarding organizational exploration of M&A/related structural changes?
Samuel Worthington
30:19
The concern for staff wellbeing and mental health is widespread across our CEOs.
Susan Reichle
31:21
Was great to see the wellbeing data elevated and one of the questions I have is how do we take it to the next level in this second year of the pandemic. Ideas welcome!
JOAO DINIZ
31:28
What about digital transformation in NGOs, and its implication for fundraising strategies, promoting impact, changing business model, and so on?? Also, how COVID-19 has accelerated the need for implement a digital-led culture?
Wolfgang Jamann
33:59
What's the linkage between localisation / power shift and trends in funding (more funding to global South, more competition over scarcer resources both North and South)?
Deborah Willig InterAction
34:13
Report here: https://www.interaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CEO-Survey-Report-May-2021.pdf
Suzanne Keatinge
36:01
Hello from Ireland, a key issue here is whether NGOs remain trusted by the public and/or donors - and as we recover, what do we need to do to rebuild that trust. It correlates with our ability/interest to take risks (including in relation to localisation....) As trust remains relatively low in Ireland, the risk appetite to change isn't that high... Interested if 'trust' is an issue in the US
kelly parsons
36:51
I”m struck by that quote, and worried that “America First” wasn’t really repudiated, certainly not fully. What are the implications if we swing right back there in ’22? What’s our Plan B as a sector? Sorry to leave a bummer of a comment out there but feels pre-emptive. (And it hits on your comment about trust Suzanne…it’s a real problem in the US, yes).
Joseph McMahon
37:07
Great job Deborah in such a short time!
Halil Demir
37:10
Hello Everyone We raised last year %20 more than year before. This year we raised 30% more than last year!
Doris, Oxfam International
37:32
Congratulations Halil - that sounds amazing!
Halil Demir
37:39
This year no PPP
Kristin Lord
37:56
Thank you!
Doris, Oxfam International
37:58
Thank you Deborah and George - looking forward to reading the report. take care and be safe
Lynn Malooly
37:58
Thank you!
Kirsten Mullin
38:04
Thank you!
William Garrood
38:05
Thanks.
Nicolette Matthijsen
38:06
thank you!
Aleksander Dardeli
38:07
Thank you Deborah