Robin Hood Case Study

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The Benefit-Cost method proves to be a useful tool in analyzing the outcomes of the organizations for which the Robin Hood Foundation provides funding to. However, this method appears to be viewed more as an indisputable true evaluation of an organization, as opposed to an approximate gauge of an organization’s success. Weinstein himself has denounced the notion that the BC method is beyond reproach stating that the BC ratio should be taken, “as a ‘metaphor’, warning against taking the estimated numbers too seriously, and noting that one needed to exercise judgment with metrics as guideposts.” It seems as though some aspects of the credibility and validity of the BC method are being lost in translation between Weinstein and the board. Weinstein…show more content…
Montreaux was even honored by Robin Hood at the organization’s annual “Heroes breakfast.” However, after the implementation of the BC methods, funding for Sunshine Homes was terminated. Despite previous claims that the BC ratio would not be used as a sole determining factor in who receives grant funding from Robin Hood, the results of the BC method were the only reason cited for the termination of funding, stating that “although the grantee had not changed, [Robin Hood’s] ways of implementing [its] mission had.” As Weinstein continuously notes, it is extremely difficult to devise a method that can equally compare ‘apples and oranges.’ Regardless, Weinstein has made a valiant effort in doing so and has made incredible progress, but there is much further still to go. It is important to ensure that the results of this method, which is in its infancy stages, do not weigh too heavily on the decision making process for funding allocations. The Robin Hood Foundation must ask itself, “Is it ethically sound to make ‘life or death’ decisions for an organization based solely on inconclusive and admittedly inaccurate
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