The State of Nonprofit America

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Brookings Institution Press, May 14, 2012 - Business & Economics - 708 pages

Today, America's nonprofit organizations seem caught in a force field, buffeted by four impulses—voluntarism, professionalism, civic activism, and commercialism. Too little attention, however, has been paid to the significant tensions among these impulses. Understanding this force field and the factors shaping its dynamics thus becomes central to understanding the future of particular organizations and of the nonprofit sector as a whole.

In this second edition of an immensely successful volume, Lester Salamon and his colleagues offer an overview of the current state of America's nonprofit sector, examining the forces that are shaping its future and identifying the changes that might be needed. The State of Nonprofit America has been completely revised and updated to reflect changing political realities and the punishing economic climate currently battering the nonprofit sector, which faces significant financial challenges during a time when its services are needed more than ever. The result is a comprehensive analysis of a set of institutions that Alexis de Tocqueville recognized to be "more deserving of our attention" than any other part of the American experiment.

 

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Contents

The Future of Nonprofit America
3
Major Fields
87
Health Care
89
Education and Training
137
Social Services
192
Arts and Culture
229
Housing and Community Development
266
Environmental Organizations
294
Individual Giving and Volunteering
495
Major Challenges
519
Commercialization Social Ventures and ForProfit Competition
521
Devolution Marketization and the Changing Shape of GovernmentNonprofit Relations
549
Accountability in the Nonprofit Sector
587
Demographic and Technological Imperatives
616
Nonprofit Workforce Dynamics
639
For Whom and for What? Investigating the Role of Nonprofits as Providers to the Neediest
657

International Assistance
329
Religious Congregations
362
Civic Participation and Advocacy
394
Infrastructure Organizations
423
Foundations and Corporate Philanthropy
459
Contributors
683
Index
685
Back Cover
709
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About the author (2012)

Lester M. Salamon is the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. He has written or edited more than twenty books on the nonprofit sector and the tools of government, including The Resilient Sector: The State of Nonprofit America (Brookings, 2003), Rethinking Corporate Social Engagement (Kumarian, 2010), and America's Nonprofit Sector: A Primer, 3rd ed. (The Foundation Center, 2012).

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