Wednesday, May 27, 2009

good may be subjective, but bad is always bad

At today's launch of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at the Rutgers Business School, an audience member commented that Charity Navigator's reduction of multiple inputs to one single, evaluative number seems "eerily similar" to the un-transparent financial metrics and business data simplification that brought about the economic crisis.

Surprise! Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, was also in the audience, and he responded that the organization is indeed seeking a variety of metrics to assess and report on the true value and efficiency of nonprofits -- BUT, that the organizations that are now receiving 1s and 2s are truly deserving of being called out on their abhorrently inefficient business and philanthropic practices.

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