Case Studies

For every project we assist our clients with, every research report we write, and every training session we complete, we deliver a product that meets their own needs.  It is a process that will often begin with a learning process, but when the final products are produced it is our goal to ensure that the next step is one of forward movement for their own awareness, the capacity of their organization, and the strength of their program.

It is a process, and a goal, that we are able to achieve from developing our own knowledge base and shared learning.

Here are some examples of our past projects:


Corporate Foundation Structuring
One of the signs of a maturing philanthropic outreach program is when a corporate foundation looks for opportunities to localize decision making.  An opportunity to engage local staff in the grant making process, and support their own causes, this move from a global to local platform requires more than just a mind shift.

It requires an understanding of the structures that exist in China, and how they fit together with global structures, to ensure that the effectiveness of efforts. It was a process that one global FMCG foundation undertook with the help of Collective Responsibility.

Steps Taken:
1) Study of current philanthropic structures within firm
2) Conducted interviews of 15 targeted firms to understand internal/ external structures
3) Analysis of various models with presentation of best options for client
4) Written report for client’s foundation board and preparation of materials for CEO pitch


Disaster Relief Donation System Measurement and Reporting
When the 5.12 earthquake struck, and the nationwide call for donations was made, hundreds of millions of individuals and companies responded.  It was a time of unprecedented giving,and was a time where many began to understand the needs for transparency.

In support of this goal, Collective Responsibility was asked by disaster relief officials to conduct a survey of foreign donors to record, present and analyse the actions that corporate donors took, how the system disaster relief giving could be improved, and what information NGOs should be providing as part of their first reports.

Steps Taken:
1) Develop project scope, goals, and questionnaire with officials
2) Secondary research analysis of major donors to date, and programs donated to
3) Conducted field and phone interviews of major donors
4) Written analysis and presentation of findings


Corporate CSR Manager Classroom Training and Team building Project
While in the process of localizing outreach initiatives, a global retail chain asked Collective Responsibility to assist them in developing a platform for their 10 China level CSR managers. Tasked with both program development and execution, many of these managers were new to the field of CSR, and were new to the internal group that had been formed.

To help develop a common knowledge and issue base for the managers to work from, and to develop a sense of cohesion among the managers, Collective Responsibility developed a one day intensive training session where the managers learned about project identification, partner development, internal fundraising, project management, and reporting, which was followed up by an offsite volunteer experience.


Student Awareness Presentation and Training Session

Well-educated, open minded and looking for ways to engage themselves, students have all the basic qualities necessary to become a good leader. Unfortunately, sometimes they are not able to find the information or tools necessary they need to develop their knowledge base and tool kit, and by developing a network of clubs and workshops within China’s leading universities students of all majors will have access to a platform that will serve as place for them to find information, meet like minded students, hear from external experts, and learn about next steps.

As part of this effort, Collective Responsibility recently carried out a half day exercise at one of Shanghai’s most prestigious campuses for 60 MBA students. The training was developed to help MBA students understand the issues that China’s environment faces, and then work with them as they develop their own team bases analysis of the issues, stakeholders, and solutions. It was an afternoon that, through four teams, dove into four separate issues, and developed tangible solutions that the students could take as students, as future managers, and as philanthropists in the future.

Steps Taken:
1) Issue Mapping
2) Stakeholder Analysis
3) Solution Development
4) Group Presentations and takeaways


NGO Organization Structuring

In China, regulatory barriers to registration often complicate the efforts of NGOs to build. Many are forced to either remain off the books entirely, and accept donations through personal bank accounts, or register as a for profit entity and do what they can to reduce their tax burden.  Neither are ideal.

So, when asked by a well known locally established foreign managed NGO how to traverse the regulatory hurdles present in China, while maintaining full compliance, Collective Responsibility helped to develop legal and accounting structures that matched the domestic and overseas concerns.

Steps Taken:
1) Understanding of NGO’s operational model (issue, geographic region(s), and size)
2) Understanding of current and future funding inflows (sources, size of donation, and outflows)
3) Consultation with legal experts and local officials
4) Presentation of options to NGO leadership


NGO Capacity Development

For many NGOs though, while they are focused on the tasks at hand, the needs of the organization can easily be overlooked. Short handed, understaffed, and poorly funded, many are in need of external support to help their capacity to grow.

In the case of several locally run NGOs, whose collective challenge was related to high employee turnover and management instability,Collective Responsibility provided a half day lecture course to help these groups develop managerial strength while maintaining current program stability.

Steps Taken:
1) Understanding of organizational issues faced
2) Benchmarking of organizations to peer NGOs, as well as comparable for profit organizations
3) Development and execution of training session