The State of Nonprofit America

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

In this second edition of his immensely successful volume on American nonprofits, Lester Salamon and his colleagues update and augment their integrated, authoritative assessment of the state of nonprofit America and the key trends affecting its evolution.

The thousands of organizations that comprise America's private nonprofit sector represent a national treasure. Yet serious pressures are altering the playing field on which nonprofits operate, and many are responding in ways that may undermine their popular support. Despite the significance of these developments, little has been done to analyze and interpret them in a clear and understandable way.

The State of Nonprofit America provides a basic sourcebook for sector leaders, the press, public officials, and citizens concerned about the future of America's nonprofit sector and eager to understand the forces affecting it. It has been completely revised and updated to reflect changing political realities and the punishing economic climate currently battering the nonprofit sector, which faces a deteriorating fundraising environment during a time when its services are needed more than ever.

Praise for the First Edition

"Salamon's volume presents a robust entry-level overview of the [nonprofit] sector fromsome of the most notable scholars currently in the field." ?Arthur C. Brooks in PublicAdministration Review" The State of Nonprofit America gives us a much-needed assessment of one of the truetreasures of American society ?our private, nonprofit organizations ?at a critically important moment in their development. All of those concerned about the special qualities of our society should read and ponder its message." ?President Jimmy Carter, 2002 Nobel Laureate

"This book is arguably the most comprehensive and valuable collection of readings on the nonprofit sector." ?Kevin Kearns in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly"This is a thorough, extensive portrait of the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and the majorfields of endeavor, presenting the challenges facing the sector and its limitations, whileacknowledging its strengths and contributions. All those who care about the sector will findsomething of interest." ?Sarah E. MelÚndex, Independent Sector

 

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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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