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Re:CAP Recommends | All Nonprofit Boards Can Learn from PSU Experience

November 4, 2016

Re:CAP Recommends All Nonprofit Boards Can Learn from PSU Experience. The article was written by Tish Mogan and first published in Central Penn’s Business Journal.

WHO: Tish Mogan, Fels MPA '71, is a leader in government and nonprofit ethics. She is currently an officer at the Standards for Excellence Program, a national initiative developed to promote ethics and accountability in nonprofit organizations.

WHAT: With federal investigators announcing that Penn State will be fined $2.4 million for violations of campus safety law, the Penn State sex abuse scandal is back in the public consciousnesss and on the minds of leaders seeking to protect their institutions from such a scenario. The special investigation that followed the scandal - The Freeh Report - notes institutional policies that inhibited the system's ability to appropriately identify and handle such violations. Can nonprofits learn from the Penn State child abuse case? 

TAKEAWAY: This article argues that there are numerous lessons nonprofit leaders and managers can distill from this situation. Mogan makes the case for more engaged oversight by governing boards of nonprofits and installation of policies that ensure greater transparency of leadership.

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