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Changing Lives: How Leaders of Philanthropic Organizations Understand Their Mission
Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) (2013)
  • Emily Gray, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Andi Damewood, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Becky C. Smeltzer, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Jeral Kirwan, PhD, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Mary Ziegler, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

The purpose of this study is to better understand what leaders of local organizations mean by the phrase “changing people’s lives.” Participants were chosen using purposeful sampling based on the organizations’ mission posted on their Websites. Three major themes emerged from the data, collected from interviews and organizational information, suggesting that people do make transformative changes in their lives and engagement with a philanthropic organization seems to facilitate the change process.

Publication Date
June 1, 2013
Citation Information
Emily Gray, Andi Damewood, Becky C. Smeltzer, Jeral Kirwan, et al.. "Changing Lives: How Leaders of Philanthropic Organizations Understand Their Mission" Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) (2013)
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