This research addresses organizational culture within the Children’s Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. and regional offices throughout the United States. The purpose of this research is to ethnographically understand how the Children’s Defense Fund functions as a nonprofit organization, how the national organization works with the regional offices and vice versa, and how the myths and symbols of the organization align with the culture that is created. I visited two locations of the Children’s Defense Fund and conducted interviews with nine participants. I used literature to give an anthropological view of organizational culture. I also used theories that focus on culture which provided the lens to analyze the data I collected. This nonprofit focuses on advocating for children’s rights in many spheres such as education, poverty, health, welfare, youth justice, and gun violence.
Sociology and Anthropology
Rotte, Alyssa Noelle, "An Ethnographic look at Organizational Culture within the Children's Defense Fund" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9040.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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