Understanding Nonprofit Organizations: Governance, Leadership, and Management / Edition 1

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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

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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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813367873
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 10.04 (h) x 0.99 (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

Illustrations ix

Foreword David O. Renz xi

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

I Governance of Nonprofit Organizations 1

1 Board of Directors Stephen R. Block (1998) 7

2 The High-Impact Governing Model Doug Eadie (2009) 19

3 Guide to Nonprofit Corporate Governance in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley American Bar Association, Coordinating Committee on Nonprofit Governance (2005) 27

II The Legal Framework 35

4 Organizational, Operational, and Related Tests and Doctrines Bruce R. Hopkins (2007) 45

5 Update: The Current State of Nonprofit Director Liability Jaclyn A. Cherry (1999) 61

III Effective, Ethical Leadership 69

6 Executive Director Stephen R. Block (1998) 75

7 Ethics in Nonprofit Management: Creating a Culture of Integrity Thomas H. Jeavons (1994) 83

IV Capacity Building 95

8 Building Nonprofit Capacity: A Framework for Addressing the Problem Carol J. De Vita Cory Fleming Eric C. Twombly (2001) 101

9 Introduction to Strategic Planning Michael Allison Jude Kaye (2006) 105

V Fund Development: Generating Revenues 111

10 The Fundraising Process Wesley E. Lindahl (2010) 117

11 Analyzing the Dynamics of Funding: Reliability and Autonomy Jon Pratt (2004) 127

12 The Giving Circle Landscape Angela M. Eikenberry (2009) 133

13 Foundations Elizabeth T. Boris (1998) 149

VI Social Entrepreneurship and Commercialism 159

14 Nonprofit Entrepreneurship Dennis R. Young (1998) 165

15 The Legitimacy of Social Enterprise Raymond Dart (2004) 171

16 Taking Social Entrepreneurship Seriously J. Gregory Dees (2007) 181

17 Conceptualizing Nonprofit Commercialism: A Case Study Stefan Toepler (2004) 189

VII Managing Under Government Contracts, Through Networks, and in Collaborations 201

18 Dilemmas of Management in Nonprofit Organizations Steven Rathgeb Smith Michael Lipsky (1993) 207

19 A Manager's Guide to Choosing and Using Collaborative Networks H. Brinton Milward Keith G. Provan (2006) 219

20 Collaboration: Mission Driven Partnerships Carol Chetkovich Frances Kunreuther (2006) 229

VIII Budgets, Financial Reports, and Management Control 239

21 The Underpinnings of Financial and Fiscal Operations Dale Swoboda Georgalu Swoboda (2009) 245

22 Types of Nonprofit Income: Financial and Cash Flow Management Considerations Murray Dropkin Allyson Hayden (2001) 253

IX Managing Volunteers 261

23 What Is Volunteering? Marc A. Musick John Wilson (2008) 269

24 Volunteers at Work Jone L. Pearce (1993) 277

25 It Ain't Natural: Toward a New (Natural) Resource Conceptualization for Volunteer Management Jeffrey L. Brudney Lucas C. P. M. Meijs (2009) 283

X Accountability and Evaluation 295

26 Multiple Constituencies and the Social Construction of Nonprofit Organization Effectiveness Robert D. Herman David O. Renz (1997) 301

27 Balancing Competing Accountability Requirements: Challenges in Performance Improvement of the Nonprofit Human Services Agency Seok-Eun Kim (2005) 311

28 Measuring Outcomes of United Way-Funded Programs: Expectations and Reality Michael Hendricks Margaret C. Plantz Kathleen J. Pritchard (2008) 321

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