Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.
Chapter 16: The Perils of the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
The Perils of the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
Over time, countless movements have found themselves compromised by funding arrangements. It all starts innocently enough: a community group identifies a need in the community cobbles together a needs assessment, and seeks funding to solve the problem. When the funding arrives, those seeking support are so relieved they often dismiss the fine print, the stipulations. Yet, over time, these restrictions can become onerous. A community groups character is curtailed, controlled, or it falls off mission (McCarthy & Zald, 1973). This happens over and over. Piven and Cloward warned about this early as 1977. Organizers call this phenomenon the nonprofit industrial complex (Incite!, 2007).
Others suggest it is just part of capitalism. “As ...