Apr 01, 2008

Professor Paul Light Surveys Public Confidence in Charitable Organizations

Dr. Paul Light, a Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, recently completed a national survey measuring public confidence in charitable organizations -- detecting a downward trajectory.

The survey results are included in the April 3, 2008 edition of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, along with an article summarizing the findings. According to the poll, 64 percent of Americans now have a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of faith in charities, down from 69 percent in the 2006 version of the survey.

Professor Light tells The Chronicle that charities should be alarmed at their inability to win over much of the public to the quality of their efforts.

Dr. Light is Professor of Public Service at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He is  also founding principal investigator of the Organizational Performance Initiative at NYU Wagner, which conducts the annual survey.

 "This new survey basically says we're still at the bottom and we're not recovering," he said in an interview with The Chronicle.

To read the article and see the survey results, click the link below.

What's new at NYU Wagner?



  • Is the Consumerization of Healthcare Set Up for Failure

  • On the Brink Healthcare Reform Puts These 3 Groups at Risk

  • What the U.S. Can Learn About Health Care from Other Countries

    Testimony to Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging
  • Beth Noveck: Demand a more open-source government

    What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy.
  • Composing Your Career: Introduction

    Composing Your Career: Introduction