The State of Nonprofit America

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Lester M. Salamon
Brookings Institution Press, May 13, 2004 - Political Science - 563 pages
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A Brookings Institution Press and the Aspen Institute publication

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. Lester M. Salamon, a leading authority on the nonprofit sector, has joined forces with more than a dozen other experts and the Aspen Institute to produce this volume, an integrated, authoritative assessment of the state of nonprofit America and the key trends affecting its evolution.

The book is organized into three sections. The first summarizes critical trends and issues; the second examines each of the sector's major subsectors (e.g., health, education, social services, arts and culture, international assistance, advocacy); the third focuses on major cross-cutting trends and issues (commercialization, changing government policy, accountability, and demographic and technological imperatives).

The Resilient Sector will be updated every two years. It 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.


 

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Contents

The Resilient Sector The State of Nonprofit America
3
Major Fields
63
Health
65
Education and Training
107
Social Services
149
Arts and Culture
187
Housing and Community Development
219
International Assistance
240
Foundations and Corporate Philanthropy
355
Individual Giving and Volunteering
387
Major Challenges
421
Commercialization Social Ventures and FarProfit Competition
423
Devolution Marketization and the Changing Shape of GovernmentNonprofit Relations
447
Accountability and Public Trust
471
Demographic and Technological Imperatives
499
For Whom and for What? The Contributions of the Nonprofit Sector
517

Religious Congregations
275
Civic Participation and Advocacy
299
Infrastructure Organizations
331
Contributors
537
Index
539
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About the author (2004)

Lester M. Salamon is the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. He has written or edited more than twenty books, including a leading textbook on nonprofit institutions, America's Nonprofit Sector: A Primer (The Foundation Center, 1999).

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