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PNM Hosts International Delegation on Nonprofit Management

An international delegation of executives from a wide variety of backgrounds came together with the UT Dallas Public and Nonprofit Management (PNM) program to discuss the role of the nonprofit sector in the United States, and the ways that these nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) promote and educated, engaged, civil society.

The event was hosted by the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences under the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program designed by The Mississippi Consortium for International Development. Fifteen executives were in attendance, representing nonprofit organizations working in a broad range of fields including health, education, human rights, the environment, at-risk youth, and the arts. Several EPPS faculty members also attended the event to share their experiences and discuss the programs offered by EPPS that could help them run their nonprofit organizations better.

Their objectives were to

  • Examine innovative NGO, nonprofit, public service, and advocacy organization management strategies in the U.S.
  • Explore the diversity of the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and the dynamic relationships between business, government, and non-governmental organizations;
  • Review NGO strategies for strengthening leadership, employing volunteers, using technology and social media, fundraising, and furthering the organization’s missions.

The executives of the nonprofits in attendance brought up various challenges they faced in running their organizations including planning and management, presenting their image to the public, sourcing funding, sending a clear message, having committed members, and sustainability.

The EPPS faculty talked about their experiences with students who have gone on to start their own nonprofit organizations and how some key courses taught at UT Dallas helped them in overcoming challenges they faced.

"We find that in the US, at least for education in nonprofits that they tend to fit better in public administration programs than they do in business programs," said Public Affairs Professor Doug Goodman while discussing the objectives of nonprofits and how they tie into various courses taught in EPPS.

Posted Sept 26, 2018