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The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 8/2/2011.

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The Nature of the Nonprofit Sectorfeatures the most insightful and influential readings on the nature and roles of the nonprofit sector. The book discusses everything from Andrew Carnegie#x19;s turn-of-the-century philosophy of philanthropy to the most recent writings by current scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines. Thorough, topical, and accessible, this is the ideal text for anyone wishing to learn about nonprofit organizations and management. The second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to feature the latest scholarship on the nonprofit sector, including new essays that analyze its theory, history, and organization; rationales for its tax-exemption status; and theories of giving and philanthropy. Also new to this edition is a section on the international nonprofit sector. Each part opens with a framing essay that identifies central issues and provides an overview of sometimes competing points of view.

Author Biography

J. Steven Ott is a professor at the University of Utah. Lisa A. Dicke is an associate professor at the University of North Texas.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector
What Is the Nonprofit Sector?: Board Source (2009)p. 10
The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Facts and Figures from the Nonprofit Almanac 2008: Public Charities, Giving, and Volunteeringp. 12
The Idea of a Nonprofit and Voluntary Sectorp. 17
Measuring Civil Society: The Johns Hopkins Global Civil Society Indexp. 31
The Nonprofit Sector's Distinctive Values and Contributions to Society
The Gospel of Wealthp. 58
The Filer Commission Report-Giving in America: Toward a Stronger Voluntary Sectorp. 63
The Impact of the Voluntary Sector on Societyp. 71
Historical Evolution of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector
The Nonprofit Sector in Historical Perspective: Traditions of Philanthropy in the Westp. 88
History and Theories of Nonprofit Organizationsp. 108
The Rationale for Tax Exemption and Tax Deductions
Tax-Exempt Organizationp. 121
A History of the Tax-Exempt Sector: An SOI Perspectivep. 125
Economic and Political Theories of the Nonprofit Sector
Government Failure Theoryp. 151
Contract Failure Theoryp. 154
And Lettuce is Nonanimal: Toward a Positive Economics of Voluntary Actionp. 158
The Constitution of Citizens: Political Theories of Nonprofit Organizationsp. 166
Social and Community Theories of the Nonprofit Sector
To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policyp. 187
Nonprofit Organizations and Communityp. 197
Organizational Social Capital and Nonprofitsp. 203
Communities, Networks, and the Future of Philanthropyp. 215
Organization Theories of the Nonprofit Sector
Organizational Theory and Structurep. 231
Perspectives on Organizational Governance: Some Effects on Government-Nonprofit Relationsp. 249
Organizations and Movementsp. 25
Theories of Giving
What Is Altruism?p. 281
Doing Goodp. 291
The Call of Service: Satisfactionsp. 297
Philanthropy in Communities of Colorp. 308
The World We Must Buildp. 318
The Blending and Blurring of the Sectors
Third Party Governmentp. 336
Nonprofit Sector: Increasing Numbers and Key Role in Delivering Federal Services: United States Government Accountability Office (2007)p. 340
The Future of the Nonprofit Sector: Its Entwining with Private Enterprise and Governmentp. 348
The Nonprofit Sector Internationally: The Global Context
Government-Nonprofit Relations from an International Perspectivep. 367
State-linked Associational Life: Illuminating Blind Spots of Existing Paradigmsp. 385
Civil Society as Associational Lifep. 402
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