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.

Grant Making

13 Grant making


One defining feature of the nonprofit sector is its structural reliance on philanthropy. In the United States, organized philanthropy is primarily carried out by foundations that are tax exempt nonprofits. The Foundation Center (2014), the nation’s premier source for data about foundations and grant making identifies over 86,000 foundations in the United States. There are three major categories of private foundations, each with its own grant-making practices and purposes. Family foundations, for example, are the largest category of foundations in the United States with assets derived from one or more members of a family. Governance of family foundations and their grant-making practices are usually carried out by family members or by trustees appointed by the family. Some family foundations have ...

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