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Understanding Governance and Funding Practices

There are a number of challenges to understanding the complexity of human service governance and funding practices in today’s political and funding climate. Traditional nonprofit organizational management and funding are often complicated by government contract practices, legal interventions, and other factors. 

Based on your readings for this week, in your initial post, discuss a traditional nonprofit governance board and the funding practices of the organization compared to a human service agency practice that is managed as a government contract or a legally mandated program. What are the challenges faced by a government contract human service program? What are the challenges faced by a legally mandated human service program?

Response Guidelines

Read the posts of the other learners and respond to the initial post of one other learner. Discuss similarities or differences in your perspectives about the challenges you identified compared to those your fellow learner identified.

Learning Components

This activity will help you achieve the following learning components:

  • Identify common forms of governance for human services organizations.
  • Discuss common funding practices for human services organizations.

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