On Being Nonprofit A Conceptual and Policy Primer

ISBN-10: 0674018354
ISBN-13: 9780674018358
Edition: 2002
Authors: Peter Frumkin
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056

This concise and illuminating book provides a road map to the evolving conceptual and policy terrain of the nonprofit sector. Drawing on prominent economic, political, and sociological explanations of nonprofit activity, Peter Frumkin focuses on four important functions that have come to define nonprofit organizations. The author clarifies the debate over the underlying rationale for the nonprofit and voluntary sector's privileged position in America by examining how nonprofits deliver needed services, promote civic engagement, express values and faith, and channel entrepreneurial impulses. Probing foundational thinking as well as emergent ideas, the book is an essential guide for nonprofit novices and experts alike who want to understand the issues propelling public debate about the future of the sector. Frumkin's book will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complex interplay of public purposes and private values that animate nonprofit organizations. "On Being Nonprofit is an excellent volume for the beginner, as well as a provocative volume for the experienced scholar. I hope this well-written book will stimulate more theorizing about the nature, functions, and contributions of such third sectors in various societies." --Virginia A. Hodgkinson, Contemporary Sociology

Peter Frumkin is Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, both at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Idea of a Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
Civic and Political Engagement
Service Delivery
Values and Faith
Social Entrepreneurship
Balancing the Functions of Nonprofit and Voluntary Action
Notes
Index

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