6 ways of getting the culture right at your NGO

By Sophie Edwards 31 October 2016

Charles Lyons, CEO of Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, during a visit to Homabay, Kenya. Photo by: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Regardless of size, budget or mission, every nongovernmental organization needs a well-defined culture — a set of values, beliefs and perspectives underpinning how its people do their work — and encouraging this is at the core of any CEO’s duties.

But building a culture can be tricky, especially for nonprofits who face the inherent challenge of increasing their NGO’s financial bottom line without compromising its social values.

So, how do NGO leaders inspire an organizationwide culture which strikes a balance between a strong social mission and a strong bank balance?

Devex spoke to Charles Lyons, CEO of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and asked for his insights.

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Sophie Edwards

Sophie Edwards is a reporter for Devex based out of Washington D.C. and London where she covers global development news, careers and lifestyle issues. She has previously worked for NGOs, the World Bank and spent a number of years as a journalist for a regional newspaper in the U.K. She has an MA from the Institute of Development Studies and a BA from Cambridge University.

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