KEY FEATURES Engaging original case studies profile a wide variety of issues and obstacles facing all types and sizes of nonprofit organizations today. Theories, cultural competencies, and ethical and legal considerations are integrated throughout the text. A chapter on risk management explores challenges such as theft, vulnerable populations, and workplace accidents. A chapter on international nonprofits adds a dimension that is not always covered in texts. Case questions teach students to think strategically, solve problems, handle conflict, and unpack organizational issues.

Nature of the Sector

1 Nature of the sector


Whether you call it the nonprofit sector, nongovernmental sector, third sector, or civil society, there are unique elements of “nonprofitness” that distinguish the sector from its for-profit and government sector counterparts. The sector is multifaceted and continually evolving. Our research has found that when individuals are asked to identify a nonprofit they most often mention the names of large nationally known nonprofits such as the YMCA, the Salvation Army, or the Red Cross. When they think of local nonprofits, individuals tend to most often mention nonprofits that deliver traditional social services to the needy such as food banks and homeless shelters. Yet, we know that the sector is so much more than that.

The U.S. nonprofit sector ...

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