Should It Survive? Charles Dunlap and the National Family Legal Foundation
This nonprofit strategic planning case tells the story of the Phoenix-based National Family Legal Foundation, an anti-pornography advocacy group which, after attaining national influence during the 1980s, finds itself, in 1995, nearly bankrupt and without a clear mission. When Charles Dunlap, a local real estate developer, agrees to join the board of directors, he unknowingly takes the first step toward a central role in deciding the fate of NFLF. With little left to work with but a skeleton staff and a small group of committed board members, Dunlap, thrust into a central role, must decide whether there is any way the organization can be effective, given its now-limited resources, or whether the time has come to close up shop.