case studies

CNSM produces case studies designed to elucidate the role that New York nonprofit organizations played in developing policy and conducting, and evaluating advocacy campaigns.

Case studies are available as:

  • Full versions including an appendix with an analysis of the lesson learned
  • Student versions for use in the classroom (appendix is omitted)
  • Teaching Notes that contains information on how to use the cases, study questions for classroom discussions and an analysis of lessons learned.

Solid Waste Management and Environmental Justice
Examines the continuing work of community-based organizations and public interest lawyers to promote equitable and environmentally-sound solutions to waste handling in New York City.

Full Version
Student Version

Child Welfare and Foster Care
Focuses on the campaign to eliminate racial and religious bias from the New York City foster care system, to protect children in foster care from abuse and neglect, and to improve child welfare services.

Full Version
Student Version

Education Finance Equity
Examines the advocacy work in support of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity v State of New York (1993), which brought together a coalition of education advocacy groups, parent organizations, and community school boards to push for more New York City school funding.

Full Version
Student Version

An additional background paper, Understanding Nonprofit Advocacy, explores definitions of advocacy and the challenges in evaluating the outcomes of advocacy campaigns.

For a copy of the Teaching Notes or other information about the New York City Nonprofit Advocacy Case Studies, contact John Casey, Project Coordinator.

Funding for the development of the case studies was provided by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.