The State of Nonprofit America

Author: Lester M. Salamon
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815703309
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Offers a thorough assessment of the state of nonprofit organizations in America, as well as the key trends that affect them. Original.

The Resilient Sector

Author: Lester M. Salamon
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815796091
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The Resilient Sector makes available in an updated form the concise overview of the state of health of America's nonprofit organizations that Johns Hopkins scholar Lester Salamon recently completed as part of the "state of nonprofit America" project he undertook in cooperation with the Aspen Institute. Contrary to popular understanding, Salamon argues, America's nonprofit organizations have shown remarkable resilience in recent years in the face of a variety of difficult challenges, significantly re-engineering themselves in the process. But this very resilience now poses risks for the sector's continued ability to perform the tasks that we have long expected of it. The Resilient Sector offers nonprofit practitioners, policymakers, the press, and the public at large a lively assessment of this set of institutions that we have long taken for granted, but that the Frenchman Alexis de-Toqueville recognized to be "more deserving of our attention" than almost any other part of the American experiment.

America s nonprofit sector

Author: Lester M. Salamon
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780879544515
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In this compelling book, Lester M. Salamon counteracts "the widespread lack of knowledge about America's nonprofit sector and the role it plays in our social welfare system." The author provides a basic and easy-to-understand handbook for government officials, journalists, and students -- in short, for anyone who wants to comprehend the makeup of America's nonprofit sector. Salamon uses many charts and tables to clearly illustrate various aspects of the nonprofit world. Anyone involved in the nonprofit or the government sector should not miss his insights.

Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States

Author: David C. Hammack
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253214102
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Unique among nations. America conducts almost all of its formally organized religious activity and many cultural, arts, human service, educational, and research activities through private nonprofit organizations. This reader explores their history by presenting some of the classic documents in the development of the nonprofit sector along with important interpretations and critiques by recent scholars. Each selection has been chosen to define or illuminate important questions in the development of the nonprofit sector in the United States. These essays give voice to contributions to the American debate about voluntary associations and private institutions that would otherwise be difficult to find or comprehend. Many include criticisms of particular nonprofit efforts, or of nonprofit activity in general. The intention is to provoke thought, not to establish an official list of readings. Though not every point of view could be included, the reader reflects a general understanding of the nonprofit sector and its significance in the history of the United States.

The Resilient Sector Revisited

Author: Lester M Salamon
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815724268
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Nonprofit America is one of the least understood segments of national life, yet also one of the most crucial. Author Lester Salamon, who pioneered the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States, provides a wealth of new data to paint a compelling picture of a set of institutions being buffeted by a withering set of challenges, yet still finding ways to survive and prosper. These challenges, however, are posing enormous risks to the historic character and role of nonprofits. Operating in an increasingly competitive environment in which traditional sources of government and philanthropic support are difficult to maintain, nonprofits have turned decisively to the market. In the process, however, they may be losing their raison d'être, sacrificing their most crucial missions, and risking loss of public understanding and support. To remedy this situation, Salamon recommends a "renewal strategy" for the nation's nonprofit sector that begins with a wider articulation and application of the sector's "value proposition"—the attributes that continue to make it deserving of the special privileges and benefits it enjoys. Salamon's pithy and accessible book is perfect for nonprofit boards, leaders of charitable foundations, government officials, and students of the nonprofit sector and of public policy, as well as anyone looking for guidance on how we go about dealing with public problems in America's increasingly collaborative system of governance.

A Voice for Nonprofits

Author: Jeffrey M. Berry
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815796084
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Nonprofit organizations are playing an increasingly important role in delivering basic government services. Yet they are discouraged by federal law from participating in legislative lobbying efforts—even on issues that affect their clients directly. Without the involvement of nonprofits in the governmental process, the vulnerable populations they serve are left without effective representation in the political system. A Voice for Nonprofits analyzes the effect of government restrictions on the participation of nonprofits in the policymaking process and suggests ways to address the problems. The relationship between nonprofits and the government is ideal in many respects, according to Jeffrey M. Berry and David F. Arons. By underwriting operating budgets and subcontracting the administration of programs to nonprofits, governments at all levels are able to take advantage of nonprofits' dedication, imagination, and private fund-raising skills. However, as nonprofits assume greater responsibility for delivering services traditionally provided by government, that responsibility is not matched by a congruous increase in policy influence. Berry and Arons believe the lobbying restrictions should be eased so that nonprofits may become more involved in public policymaking. Their recommendations are designed to ensure that nonprofit organizations—and the constituencies they serve—are effectively represented in the American political system.

Explaining Civil Society Development

Author: Lester M. Salamon
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 1421422980
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Combining solid data and analytical clarity, this pioneering volume offers a critically needed lens for viewing the evolution of civil society and the nonprofit sector throughout the world.

Sustaining Nonprofit Performance

Author: Paul C. Light
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815796626
Format: PDF
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"The nonprofit sector survives because it has a self-exploiting work force: wind it up and it will do more with less until it just runs out. But at some point, the spring must break." America's nonprofit organizations face a difficult present and an uncertain future. Money is tight. Workloads are heavy, employee turnover is high, and charitable donations have not fully rebounded from the recent economic downturn. Media and political scrutiny remains high, and public confidence in nonprofits has yet to recover from its sharp decline in the wake of well-publicized scandals. In a recent survey, only 14 percent of respondents believed that nonprofits did a very good job of spending money wisely; nearly half said that nonprofit leaders were paid too much, compared to 8 percent who said they earned too little. Yet the nonprofit sector has never played a more important role in American life. As a generation of nonprofit executives and board members approaches retirement, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that their organizations are prepared to continue their missions—that they are built to last in a supremely challenging environment. Paul Light, renowned expert on public service and nonprofit management, strongly argues for capacity-building measures as a way to sustain and improve the efforts of the nonprofit sector. With innovative data and insightful analysis, he demonstrates how nonprofits that invest in technology, training, and strategic planning can successfully advance their goals and restore public faith in their mission and capabilities. He explains the ways in which restoration of that faith is critical to the survival of nonprofits—another important reason for improving and then sustaining performance. Organizations that invest adequately in their infrastructure and long-term planning are the ones that will survive and continue to serve.

The Nonprofit Risk Book

Author: Jesse Feiler
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 1501505947
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This book addresses both risk management at a startup, beginning at the mission statement, and for existing nonprofits that may be at risk due to inappropriate policies, or lack thereof, proper procedures and risk abatement planning. Risk management policies including oversite of financial transactions, purchasing, hiring, volunteer management, insurance and more are discussed. The book progresses through risk identification, risk communication, and financial risk. Learn how to use the risk tools nonprofit leaders need to bring risk-taking within the boundaries set by the organization and the guidelines that must be followed at the state and federal levels.

The Lobbying and Advocacy Handbook for Nonprofit Organizations

Author: Marcia Avner
Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance
ISBN: 9781618580078
Format: PDF, ePub
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"Nonprofit lobbying is exciting, rewarding, honorable work. Lobbying is a proven way to advance issues, support good ideas, respond to crises, avert disasters, and ensure that an organization's work is adequately supported. Through lobbying, specific laws and regulations that will further an organization's mission can be identified and pressed for adoption. Public policies can be shaped and sustained to reflect an organization's values and priorities. The Nonprofit Board Member's Guide to Lobbying and Advocacy shows board members how to use their power and privilege to move their organization's work forward." - provided by publisher.