National Organization on Disability (NOD)

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Headquarters Location: New York, NY
Founded: 1982


Mission: The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. In 2006 we narrowed our focus to increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.

With programs on the ground, NOD is demonstrating new employment practices and models of service delivery, evaluating results, and sharing successful approaches for widespread replication. We are conducting research on disability employment issues, including the field’s most widely used polls on employment trends and the quality of life for people with disabilities. And our subject matter experts in disability and employment provide consulting services to public agencies and employers seeking to harness the unique talents that people with disabilities can bring to the workforce.

To achieve our goals, we work in partnership with employers, schools, the military, service providers, researchers, and disability advocates. Our current employment programs are benefiting high school students with disabilities transitioning into the workforce, seriously injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, employers seeking to become more disability friendly, and state governments engaged in policy reform.

Founded in 1982, NOD is one of the oldest cross-disability organizations in the country, and remains one of the few organizations committed to representing all Americans with disabilities, regardless of their particular condition or circumstances.


Tags: disabilities, employment, cross-disability, research, 2011


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Story: The United Nations proclaimed 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons, to promote the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. At the year’s conclusion, representatives from 48 states met in Washington, D.C.,… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
The National Organization on Disability works with major corporations around the country to create jobs for people with disabilities. Their cross-disability approach means its actions positively affect people with disabilities in the broader community.
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Leadership
National-organization-on-disability-nod Carol Glazer. Carol Glazer joined NOD in July 2006 as the Executive Director of its National EmployAbility Partnership. She became NOD’s President in October, 2008.

Under her leadership, NOD has doubled its revenues and increased net assets by more than 300 percent; increased its focus on employment by a factor of ten; and developed important new relationships with the US Army, leading… See full bio.


Transparency Information
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This organization has earned the GuideStar Participation Level Silver, demonstrating its commitment to transparency (learn more)


Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 4stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$3,541,122


From the Nonprofit


Jul 30, 2012
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) received a 4-star rating – the highest possible rating – from Charity Navigator, which aims to help charitable givers make intelligent decisions, and evaluates more than 5,000 charities based on financial performance, accountability and… Read More.



Contact Info
Website:
E-Mail:
info AT nod.org
Phone:
646-505-1191
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Address:
77 Water Street Suite 2-04
 
New York, NY 10005, USA
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National-organization-on-disability-nod Story: The United Nations proclaimed 1981 as the International Year of Disabled Persons, to promote the full and equal participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. At the year’s conclusion, representatives from 48 states met in Washington, D.C., and formed the National Office on Disability to continue the momentum toward the UN’s goal. Alan A. Reich was appointed to lead the new organization, and in 1983 the name was changed to the National Organization on Disability (NOD).

Expert Reviews of National Organization on Disability (NOD)

Evidence of Impact Summary:

The National Organization on Disability works with major corporations around the country to create jobs for people with disabilities. Their cross-disability approach means its actions positively affect people with disabilities in the broader community.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

The National Organization on Disability boasts strong leadership as Carol Glazer, CEO and President, is well regarded within the field. Additionally, all of their projects are carefully planned with impact in mind.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Experts have highlighted having limited funding as an issue for the National Organization on Disability. In order to fund their rapid growth, experts recommend hiring a full-time development officer to help the CEO.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Cross-disability Focus

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The cross-disability approach means its actions positively affect people with disabilities in the broader community.

Job Placement

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The National Organization on Disability is focused on creating employment initiatives for people with disabilities.
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This organization works with major corporations around the country to create jobs for people with disabilities.


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Job Creation

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The National Organization on Disability is building capacity to build a consulting business with Global 1000 companies in order to train management on the importance of hiring people with disabilities and the value that they bring to a business.


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This organization provides little to no direct services to individuals with disabilities.
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They seem to have found their 'niche' with the hiring in 2006 of the current Executive Director. Their focus is on returning vets (is VA a partner?), HS students transitioning to work, and corporate placement of persons with disabilities. They do a poor job of disseminating specific, research based results of pilot projects. It is difficult to imagine the challenges in having staff spread all over the country. Now Kessler Foundation is partnering in their annual survey project. Their principal partners appear to be the military and corporations. I wonder how the recession is impacting job creation and placement for people with disabilities. The board seems too large to manage, with several 'figurehead' personalities. Are there any worker bees in the group? Overall, this organization seems to 'soft' to me.
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This organization is one of the older, cross-disability organizations serving the disability community. Its approach is more academic and less grassroots than some of the other policy-oriented organizations serving the disability community. It does not seem to be as effective as some of the more grassroots organizations.

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The National Organization on Disability needs help funding their fast growth.


Leadership

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Carol Glazer
President
Carol Glazer joined NOD in July 2006 as the Executive Director of its National EmployAbility Partnership. She became NOD’s President in October, 2008.

Under her leadership, NOD has doubled its revenues and increased net assets by more than 300 percent; increased its focus on employment by a factor of ten; and developed important new relationships with the US Army, leading employers, national and local foundations, scores of new corporate donors to our programs, and the CEO Council. She put in place NOD’s signature employment demonstrations, Wounded Warrior Careers and Bridges to Business.

For seven years prior to joining NOD, Ms. Glazer was a program development and management consultant to foundations, universities, and nonprofit organizations working to improve conditions in inner-city communities.

From 1996 to 1999, Ms. Glazer was the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Prior to that, she spent 11 years at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest community development finance organization. Ending her tenure at LISC as Senior Vice President for National Programs, Ms. Glazer served on a five-member senior management team that grew the organization from a staff of forty with $10 million in assets to a $3 billion, 500 staff bank with 36 field offices.

From the Nonprofit



Jul 30, 2012
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) received a 4-star rating – the highest possible rating – from Charity Navigator, which aims to help charitable givers make intelligent decisions, and evaluates more than 5,000 charities based on financial performance, accountability and transparency. (Only one quarter of the charities evaluated receives a 4-star rating.)

Additionally, NOD was included in Philanthropedia’s list of the Top 10 nonprofits related to people with disabilities.Determined by a group of 79 experts from 145 organizations, the Top-10 ranking means NOD represents the highest level of impact and organizational strength.


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