Understanding Nonprofit Organizations

Understanding Nonprofit Organizations : Governance, Leadership, and Management

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Understanding Nonprofit Organizations features the most 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 and updated with twenty new readings, the second edition speaks to the most crucial issues facing today's leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations. Each part opens with a framing essay that identifies central issues and summarizes the contribution 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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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 177.8 x 251.46 x 20.32mm | 657.71g
  • Westview Press Inc
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • black & white illustrations, black & white tables
  • 0813344689
  • 9780813344683
  • 1,859,901

Table of contents

Illustrations Foreword by David O. Renz Preface Acknowledgments 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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"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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About Lisa A. Dicke

J. Steven Ott is a professor and center director at the University of Utah. He has served as a consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations, and has authored or edited many books and articles on the nonprofit sector. Lisa A. Dicke is an associate professor at the University of North Texas. She serves on the Executive Council and on the Committee of the Nonprofit Management Education Section of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
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