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Global Compassion- Private Voluntary Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1939
Author: Rachel M. McCleary
ISBN Number: 9780195371178
Publish Date: July 2, 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Winner of the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Skystone Ryan Research Prize
Global Compassion is the first truly comprehensive study of private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and their complex, often-fraught interaction with the federal government. Rachel McCleary provides an ambitious analysis of the relationship between the two from 1939 to 2005. The book focuses on the work of PVOs from a foreign policy perspective, revealing how federal political pressures shape the field of international relief.
McCleary draws on a new and one-of-a-kind data set on the revenue of private voluntary agencies, employing annual reports, State Department documents, and I.R.S. records, to assess the extent to which international relief and development work is becoming a commercial activity. She outlines the increasing financial dependence of these organizations on the federal government and the consequences of that dependency for various types of agencies, as well as the often competing goals of the federal government and religious PVOs.
As a result, there is a continuing trend of decreasing federal funds to PVOs and of simultaneously increasing awards to commercial enterprises. Focusing on the interplay between public and private revenue, the discussion ends with the commercialization of foreign aid and the factors most likely to influence the future of PVOs in international relief and development.
Entire chapter dealing with ethical issues in fundraising
Builds in recent and classic academic research on fundraising