A discussion of the organization’s mission and principal goals/aims. – A history of the organization (both local and national, if applicable). – A profile of the organization’s leadership (this might include mention of individuals who have been important over the history of the organization as well…policy entrepreneurs, i.e.). – An overview of the organization’s resources (budget/ revenue sources, e.g.). – A discussion of challenges facing the organization.

Organized groups and non-profit organizations play a critical role in the policymaking process at the national, state, and local levels of government. There are numerous groups working to change policy and provide services in South Bend’s region. For this paper, students will write a detailed profile of a local group, focusing on its mission, policy concerns, and structure. Students will select a group working in the field related to the policy problem they studied in the policy paper. The selected group may be a group distinct to our region, or might be a local extension of a national organization (e.g., United Way).
The paper should include:
– A discussion of the organization’s mission and principal goals/aims.
– A history of the organization (both local and national, if applicable).
– A profile of the organization’s leadership (this might include mention of individuals who have been important over the history of the organization as well…policy entrepreneurs, i.e.).
– An overview of the organization’s resources (budget/ revenue sources, e.g.).
– A discussion of challenges facing the organization.
– A discussion of the organization’s success stories.
– An overview of the current initiatives underway at the organization
Paper structure: The paper should be around 6 pages in length and should use at least 5 sources. Sources for this paper should be drawn from organizational websites, annual reports (typically available online), and media reports. Students might also find it useful to speak to someone who works at the organization they are studying.