Teaching Case - The Challenge of Drastically Changing Times: The Urban League Adjusts to a Post-Civil Rights Landscape

The Challenge of Drastically Changing Times: The Urban League Adjusts to a Post-Civil Rights Landscape


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    When Hugh Price becomes head of the National Urban League, one of the most historically important African-American civil rights organizations in the U.S., he finds an organization in some disarray. As he arrives in 1994, the League's national office has operated at a loss for five years, staying out of debt only by spending down its endowment, which was growing perilously small. Critics inside and outside the League fault the organization for losing its clear and unifying sense of purpose. Especially at the national level, corporate involvement in the League had trailed off. And, on the national stage, the organization has receded to the point that some dismiss it as irrelevant.

    Learning Objective:
    This case focuses on the "turnaround" strategies undertaken by Price, specifically to try to re-invest, and financially stabilize, the national organization. For those interested in nonprofit management, the case serves as a vehicle to discuss the relationship between a national organization and its local chapters--which for the Urban League had actually been, in many instances, more vibrant and financially healthy than the national organization.

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    Publication Date: October 01, 2001
    HKS Case Number: 1634.0
    Case Author: Pamela Varley
    Faculty Lead: Peter Frumkin
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 21
    Setting: United States
    Language: English
    _year: 2000-2009
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: US & Canada
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