Hodges University Provides Economic Study to Assist Southwest Florida Nonprofit
In April 2017, after more
than a year of research and thorough analysis, members of Hodges University’s
Johnson School of Business completed a consultancy-based economic study for local
nonprofit Hope for Haiti. The study will serve as a framework in executing
upcoming Hope for Haiti’s three-year strategic plan.
In 2016, Hope for Haiti contacted
Dr. Aysegul Timur, dean of the Johnson School of Business, to discuss the
prospect of Hodges’ Johnson School of Business’ involvement in completing an
Dedicated to “improving
the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children,” Hope for
Haiti’s core programs include education, health care, water, infrastructure and
economy. “We engaged Dr. Aysegul Timur and her team from the Hodges University
Johnson School of Business to measure our economic long-term impact generated
by our investments in all five of our programs,” said Stephanie Jepsen, chief
of donor experience.
Discussing the goal of
the economic study, Timur enlisted the expertise of Hodges faculty and staff,
including Dr. Gary Jackson, adjunct faculty member and economist; Anke Stugk,
business administration program chair; Gayle Haring, director of the Terry P.
McMahan Library; William Browning, adjunct faculty member; and Evelyn Olvera,
administrative assistant to the dean of the Johnson School of Business.
“Our faculty consulted
with members from Hope for Haiti and developed a study that will not only serve
to positively impact the economy of Haiti, but will also serve as an example of
community integration that we can bring to our students,” Timur explained.
Completing the study in
four phases, Timur and her team provided a literature review to identify
economic growth and development drivers, a benchmark study of three additional
aid and development organizations, a review of Hope for Haiti’s vision plan and
measures, as well as recommendations for the future.
“Hope for Haiti is always
looking for ways to be more efficient and effective in assisting the people of
Haiti. This is an independent study of factors that drive growth and income
over time. Our hope is that the study
will help Hope for Haiti in their planning and delivery of aid,” said Dr. Gary
In addition to the
study’s impact on Hope for Haiti’s core programs, Timur and the Johnson School
of Business look to provide consultancy-based work to other nonprofits.
“As a university, if we
know more about our community, we can better align with their needs, and as
skilled practitioners, our faculty possess the knowledge and expertise to
assist nonprofits throughout Southwest Florida,” said Timur.
To contact Hodges’
Johnson School of Business, email Dr. Aysegul Timur at email@example.com or visit www.hodges.edu.
To learn more about Hope for Haiti, visit www.hopeforhaiti.com.