Samnar Foundation

Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management (University of San Francisco)



Case Study Sector


What benefits is society receiving from Samnar Foundation's activities? Has a lack of accountability created a culture of elitism and self-satisfaction at the foundation? Unaware of the opposition within the organization, Samnar's new chair plans to address these questions by evaluating every aspect of the foundation's operation. Issues involve organizational culture, public accountability, board/staff relations, and the value of evaluation.
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  • Evaluation
  • Partnership
  • Strategy


  • Northern America

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