Understanding Nonprofit Organizations: Governance, Leadership, and Management / Edition 2

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"Understanding Nonprofit Organizations" features insightful classic and recent articles on managing nonprofit organizations in the United States. Selected writings from scholars, consultants, and practicing executives focus on governing, leading, and managing nonprofit organizations and how nonprofits differ from the public and private sectors.Completely revised with twenty new readings, the second edition speaks to the most crucial issues facing todays leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations. Each part opens with a framing essay that identifies central issues and summarizes the contribution that each reading has made to the field. With topics covering legal frameworks, fundraising, managing volunteers, accountability, and much more, "Understanding Nonprofit Organizations" remains the most essential and up-to-date compendium of essays on the nonprofit sector.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The second edition of Understanding Nonprofit Organizations will be applauded by students, instructors, and practitioners…This eagerly anticipated new edition is a major revision and adds many recent articles by key scholars and fresh new topics required for anyone wishing to understand this fascinating dynamic sector…[W]ill be a standard assigned text for nonprofit courses and should be found on practitioners’ ‘must read’ lists.”
Russell A. Cargo, Ph.D., principal, Third Sector Services, LLC, and senior fellow at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, University of Missouri at Kansas City

“A welcome contribution to the literature of the nonprofit sector…[that] explains in useful terms what we need to know about nonprofit organizations, how they function, and how they can effectively be led and managed. [The] chapters have been written by leading scholars and professionals, and they are organized and presented in ways that bring important clarity to the management of this new world of nonprofit organizations. We are fortunate to have this valuable resource to inform our work in these exciting times.”
David O. Renz (from the foreword)

“[The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector and Understand Nonprofit Organizations] work well together and are valuable resources that will help students, professionals, and scholars alike explore and understand the external and internal environments of nonprofit organizations. Overall, the volumes reach the editors’ goals of presenting a story of the nonprofit sector that is readable and focuses on the central ideas that are important for students and professionals to grasp. These books are now part of my ‘go-to’ books as an instructor for macro-level social work courses and as a cofounder and community organizer working with various stakeholder on a new social service initiative.”
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Ott (political science, U. of Utah), the editor of the companion volume on , collects three dozen reprinted readings from 1987-99 on the governance, legal framework, effective ethical leadership, strategic planning, fund- raising, entrepreneurship and commercialism, managing under government contracts, budgeting, managing volunteers, accountability and evaluation, and international aspects of US nonprofit organizations. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344683
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 670,823
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Ott is a professor of political science and the Director of Public Administration Education at the University of Utah. He is the immediate past-president of the Nonprofit Management Education Section of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He has also authored and edited numerous books and articles regarding nonprofit organizations, administrative theory, organization theory, organizational behavior, and organizational culture.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by David O. Renz

I Governance of Nonprofit Organizations
1. Board of Directors
Stephen R. Block (1998)
2. The High-Impact Governing Model
Doug Eadie (2009)
3. Guide to Nonprofit Corporate Governance in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley
American Bar Association, Coordinating Committee on Nonprofit Governance (2005)

II The Legal Framework
4. Organizational, Operational, and Related Tests and Doctrines
Bruce R. Hopkins (2007)
5. Update: The Current State of Nonprofit Director Liability
Jaclyn A. Cherry (1999)

III Effective, Ethical Leadership
6. Executive Director
Stephen R. Block (1998)
7. Ethics in Nonprofit Management: Creating a Culture of Integrity
Thomas H. Jeavons (1994)

IV Capacity Building
8. Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Framework for Addressing the Problem
Carol J. De Vita, Cory Fleming, and Eric C. Twombly (2001)
9. Introduction to Strategic Planning
Michael Allison and Jude Kaye (2006)

V Fund Development: Generating Revenues
10. The Fundraising Process
Wesley E. Lindahl (2010)
11. Analyzing the Dynamics of Funding: Reliability and Autonomy
Jon Pratt (2004)
12. The Giving Circle Landscape
Angela M. Eikenberry (2009)
13. Foundations
Elizabeth T. Boris (1998)

VI Social Entrepreneurship and Commercialism
14. Nonprofit Entrepreneurship
Dennis R. Young (1998)
15. The Legitimacy of Social Enterprise
Raymond Dart (2004)
16. Taking Social Entrepreneurship Seriously
J. Gregory Dees (2007)
17. Conceptualizing Nonprofit Commercialism: A Case Study
Stefan Toepler (2004)

VII Managing Under Government Contracts, Through Networks, and in Collaborations
18. Dilemmas of Management in Nonprofit Organizations
Steven Rathgeb Smith and Michael Lipsky (1993)
19. A Manager’s Guide to Choosing and Using Collaborative Networks
H. Brinton Milward and Keith G. Provan (2006)
20. Collaboration: Mission Driven Partnerships
Carol Chetkovich and Frances Kunreuther (2006)

VIII Budgets, Financial Reports, and Management Control
21. The Underpinnings of Financial and Fiscal Operations
Dale Swoboda and Georgalu Swoboda (2009)
22. Types of Nonprofit Income: Financial and Cash Flow Management Considerations
Murray Dropkin and Allyson Hayden (2001)

IX Managing Volunteers
23. What Is Volunteering?
Marc A. Musick and John Wilson (2008)
24. Volunteers at Work
Jone L. Pearce (1993)
25. It Ain’t Natural: Toward a New (Natural) Resource Conceptualization for Volunteer Management
Jeffrey L. Brudney and Lucas C. P. M. Meijs (2009)

X Accountability and Evaluation
26. Multiple Constituencies and the Social Construction of Nonprofit Organization Effectiveness
Robert D. Herman and David O. Renz (1997)
27. Balancing Competing Accountability Requirements: Challenges in Performance Improvement of the Nonprofit Human Services Agency
Seok-Eun Kim (2005)
28. Measuring Outcomes of United Way–Funded Programs: Expectations and Reality
Michael Hendricks, Margaret C. Plantz, and Kathleen J. Pritchard (2008)

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