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We have gathered this data over multiple years and COVID provides us unique challenges and opportunities to drive change in the US NGO sector.
Larger NGOs seem to be more responsive to external change. Is this a concern for others?
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.
Smaller NGOs have less bureaucracy and often embrace local solutions more rapidly.
agreed....this has been my experience...leading a small NGO...in fact felt like we were dragging our UN donors along to adapt...
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??
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.
Good point. Can we sustain this dive for a more diverse and inclusive sector? And make some real change.
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
Our experience was similar- COVID allowed us to be more nimble even in light of bureaucracy.
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Is there a sense that organizational effectiveness is treated as a separate dimension or does it drive the other dimensions?
Are donors limiting our business models? For some NGOs this is a major risk area.
Sam is there any correlation between Climate change and Human right that Humanitarian should pay attention too? Like in Colombia killing of Social leaders?
or Rain forest and native leaders killing n Brazil?
Agree with the linkages. We partner with CIVICUS and others on the political front.
Without a PPP InterAction would have cut staff in 2019.
We will be doing lots of work in this area with MzN.
What factors do people feel helped most to support organizational resilience in 2020?
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.
George, for us it was the high-level of decentralization that allowed our reach and impact to grow in 2020
To George, for us technology was absolutely essential. I can't imagine how we would have weathered COVID in a pre-internet age
Can we get a sense for how organizational effectiveness was specifically framed in the study?
A merger often take 2-3 years to pull off. We shall see if there is an uptick in 2022-23.
For us, focus on staff wellbeing and going fully virtual in delivery of our work.
For every step towards agility - there was a correlation with success towards goals - I'd like to hear that quote again if possible.
What does the data look like over time regarding organizational exploration of M&A/related structural changes?
The concern for staff wellbeing and mental health is widespread across our CEOs.
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!
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?
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
Report here: https://www.interaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CEO-Survey-Report-May-2021.pdf
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
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).
Great job Deborah in such a short time!
Hello Everyone We raised last year %20 more than year before. This year we raised 30% more than last year!
Doris, Oxfam International
Congratulations Halil - that sounds amazing!
This year no PPP
Doris, Oxfam International
Thank you Deborah and George - looking forward to reading the report. take care and be safe
Thank you Deborah