Characteristics and Environments of a Human Service Organization

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Characteristics and Environments of a Human Service Organization

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Characteristics and Environments of a Human Service Organization

Violence toward animals and children are some of the most horrific crimes one can commit. Animals and children are defenseless when it comes to protecting themselves against a person who abuses. The American Humane Association is one of the Nation’s leading advocates for children and animals. This organization is the only national organization advocating for both animals and children. Lewis, Packard, and Lewis (2007), state “Management in human service settings is a highly challenging task, primarily because the factors that differentiate nonprofit
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American Humane Association influences millions of people every day through research, development, training and services that reach a wide network of organizations, agencies, and businesses (American Humane Association, 2011). Governed and Staffed The American Humane Association’s President and Chief Executive Officer is Robin R. Ganzert, Ph.D. The organization has four officers and five senior staff members. The organization operates by an independent board that consists of fourteen board members. The executive and leadership team is “composed of key stakeholders in the implementation of safety and risk assessments and decision making, representing consumers, parents, youths, caregivers, workers, supervisors, administrators and community partners” (American Humane Association, Leadership, Faculty, Consultants & Staff, (2011) para 3). American Humane Association practices a system called The Breakthrough Series Collaborative methodology. According to The American Humane Association (2011), the methodology has five key elements: 1. Teams composed of staff and consumers at a variety of levels from each participating jurisdiction 2. A “change package” to guide the work of the participating jurisdictions 3. Faculty who mentor and support the process 4. The model for improvement, to lend structure to and accelerate the pace at which changes are tested and made 5. A shared learning environment to ensure that

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