Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2009 (Revised October 2010)

Bob Beall at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

by Robert Steven Kaplan and Sophie Hood


Bob Beall is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). CFF is an extremely successful organization, but Beall has to determine how to manage the organization through the financial crisis of 2008-2009. In this situation, donations are likely to decline, investment surplus has declined and biotech partners are challenged to finance joint projects as well as their own operations. Beall is striving to find a cure for cystic fibrosis while also determining what priorities he must emphasize and what trade-off decisions he must make in managing through the current period. He is preparing for a meeting with his board of trustees where he plans to discuss the current situation and the key decisions the organization needs to make.

Keywords: Decision Choices and Conditions; Financial Crisis; Giving and Philanthropy; Governing and Advisory Boards; Leadership; Crisis Management; Nonprofit Organizations;


Kaplan, Robert Steven, and Sophie Hood. "Bob Beall at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation." Harvard Business School Case 409-107, April 2009. (Revised October 2010.)