Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Beyond Vigilance: The Missing Debate on Charity Oversight

How do policy and regulations affect the nonprofit sector?

The current US Congressional Hearing on Charity Oversight and Reform presents an historic opportunity to help shape the non-profit sector. But thus far, the hearing has been driven by several recent scandals a discussion of technical fixes. While we acknowledge the need to constantly increase vigilance, some fundamental issues are not being addressed.

Join host Aron Goldman of Policy Development along with special guests Mike Burns, Jed Emerson, Marion Fremont-Smith, Stephen Heintz, Stanley Katz, Mark Moore, Sara Melendez and Katrin Verclas to start a national conversation about how public policy can evolve to surmount obstacles and support a vibrant, sophisticated and innovative social sector.

This link will let you join the discussion that goes until December 20th.

The following source documents will help participation in the discussion:

Policy Development's testimony presented to the Congressional Hearing on Charity Oversight and Reform:

Finance Committee Charity Oversight and Reform Hearing Documents

Independent Sector's Contribution to the Congressional Hearing

Rockefeller Brothers Fund President Stephen Heintz on "Mobilizing for Social Change"

Kellogg Report: "Blurred Boundaries and Muddled Motives: A World of Shifting Social Responsibilities"

Brookings' "Fact Sheet on the Continued Crisis in Charitable Organizations"

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Blogger Aron said...

I am delighted that you chose to highlight the Policy Development Social Edge online event "The Missing Debate." We had a great discussion, and we are now translating it all into a white paper and a few shorter articles. We are also planning follow on events, and would love to figure out how to include the Vancouver Social Enterprise Forum. Likewise, please continue to think of us! -Aron Goldman (

10:03 a.m.  
Blogger Peter Rees said...


Thank you. The VSEF will enjoy following developments in this area.

11:56 a.m.  

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