Teaching Case - Dick Rathgeber and the People's Community Clinic: The Decision to Commit (B)

Dick Rathgeber and the People's Community Clinic: The Decision to Commit (B)


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  • Product Description

    When long-time Houston real estate developer and philanthropist Dick Rathgeber agrees to provide technical assistance to a local nonprofit community health clinic, he finds himself moved to offer broader advice than that for which he'd been asked. A move by the clinic board to lease and renovate a building as its new office strikes Rathgeber--who'd been asked only for narrow advice about accessibility design for the handicapped--as ill-advised. Despite recent financial reverses, Rathgeber retains a strong impulse toward involvement with nonprofit social service groups--but, at the same time, fears that, in the People's Community Clinic, he would, were he to become more involved, have to deal with what he considers a lackluster board and an overbearing and suspicious director.

    Learning Objective:
    The case frames the question of how one giving either time or money should decide whether a nonprofit organization will be a "good fit" for the giver--so that the effort will be both pleasant and, more important, effective

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    Publication Date: June 01, 1999
    HKS Case Number: 1499.0
    Case Author: John Buntin
    Faculty Lead: Christine Letts
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 3
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Bob Buford and Faith Works
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: US & Canada
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