America's nonprofit sector: a primer

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Foundation Center, Jan 1, 1999 - Business & Economics - 203 pages
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In this new edition of America's Nonprofit Sector, Lester Salamon discusses his latest research findings on nonprofit organizations. He examines the changing role of nonprofits in various subsectors of society, such as: health care; education; social services; arts, culture and recreation; and advocacy, legal service, and international aid. This revised edition of America's Nonprofit Sector presents many updated charts and tables to illustrate spending, growth, and other recent trends in each particular field.

Ideal for students, journalists, or government officials, the book begins with an overview of the nonprofit sector. In historical context, Salamon explains how nonprofit organizations arose out of societal need. He examines the various types of nonprofits in terms of their purposes, functions, and activities. One of the most well-respected authors in the field, Lester Salamon's thorough and easy-to-understand handbook is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to comprehend this important sector of society.

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Contents

4 The Functions of the Nonprofit Sector
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4 Ten Largest U S Foundations 1996
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7 Composition of the U S PublicBenefit Service Sector
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About the author (1999)

Lester M. Salamon is Director of the Center for Civil Society Studies, the Institute for Policy Studies, The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including "The State of Nonprofit America" (Brookings Institution Press, 2002), "The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance" (Oxford University Press, 2002), and "Global Civil Society Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector" [volume one] (Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 1999). This last book, the companion volume to "Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector" [volume two], won the Virginia Hodgkinson Prize, Independent Sector, 2001.