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Managing Nonprofit Organizations in a Policy World

Managing Nonprofit Organizations in a Policy World

January 2013 | 432 pages | CQ Press
If nonprofits influence policy, make policy, are affected by policy, and are subject to policy, then shouldn't every nonprofit manager fully understand the policy world in which they operate? In explicitly tying the policy realm to management skills, Vaughan and Arsneault's foundational book sheds new light on how nonprofit managers can better navigate policymaking and regulatory contexts to effectively lead their organizations.

Vaughan and Arsneault provide a comprehensive overview of the nonprofit sector and the policy environment, with a focus on skills and strategies managers can use to advance the causes of their organizations. Abundant examples and rich case studies explore the complexity of the policy-nonprofit relationship and highlight both management challenges and successes. While coverage of the nuts-and-bolts is in here, what sets this book apart is tying everyday management to the broader view of how nonprofits can thrive within the policy ecosystem.

Tables, Figures, and Boxes
1. What is the Nonprofit Sector?
2. Federalism and the Relationships between the Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Sectors
3. Theories of the Nonprofit Sector and Policy Change
4. Regulating Not-for-Profit Organizations
5. The Role of Mission and Strategic Management
6. Lobbying and Advocacy: Politics, Policy, and Possibilities
7. Ethics and Accountability
8. Marketing the Nonprofit Organization
9. Resource Development: Capacity, Campaigns, and Commercial Ventures
10. Resource Development: Grants
11. Administration and Management
12. Nonprofit Governance and Leadership
13. Managing Human Resources: Volunteers and Staff
14. Evaluating Success
15. Looking Forward: Emerging Trends for Managing Nonprofits

This is the most fitting book that I can find that focuses on how public policies have affected and continue to affect the behavior of nonprofit organizations. It has been challenging to find a book that includes public policy and nonprofit organizations. I do wish there were instructor resources for this book such as test banks and assignments outside of what it printed in the book.

Mrs Lisa Hendrickson
College of Arts & Sciences, University Of South Florida
October 26, 2023

An excellent teaching resource for teaching oriented towards NGO management. Not quite suited to my course needs, however I had passed on a recommendation to colleagues who are running more practically-oriented courses and modules.

Dr Nicola Banks
Institute of Development Policy and Management, Univ. of Manchester
June 8, 2015

topic too broad for introduction course in public financial management

Dr Johan De Kruijf
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University Nijmegen
August 25, 2013

This book very usefull for academic researcher especially about public policy. this book can be used as a supplemental source by lecturer.

Dr Sabrina Kayıkcı
Public Administration, Mehmet Akif Ersoy University
May 15, 2013
Key features
  • Policy Implications boxes are quick review and summary tools that call attention to the chapter's topic in light of the policy-nonprofit relationship.
  • An in-depth Case Study in each chapter explores a particular organization and management concern—from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis achieving its mission to the AARP's advocacy and influence on health care reform to the Orange County Youth and Family Services' best practices for board and executive relations—to highlight the policy-nonprofit relationship in a specific context. Critical thinking questions spur thoughtful discussion and analysis.
  • Going Global boxes look at what influences nonprofit operations when they do work globally, including such topics as donors' interest in international causes and the regulatory impact of nonprofits' international activities.
  • An in-depth Going Global Case Study in select chapters looks at specific nonprofit management concerns in international context, such as the controversy and impact of the Kony 2012 video gone viral on social media and financial mismanagement at the Central Asia Institute.
  • For Example boxes illustrate and amplify specific chapter themes through a variety of nonprofit organizations and their activities, from communicating a nonprofit's brand to recruiting and retaining volunteers and the use of celebrity spokespersons to promote charitable causes.
  • For More Information boxes mine a particular resource that readers will find especially hepful focusing on such topics as advocacy, lobbying, and where to access online grants databases.
  • Questions for Review ensure students learn key chapter information.
  • An Assignment at the end of each chapter encourages students to apply what they've learned and build their skills.
  • Suggested Readings and Web Resources allow for select topics to be explored in greater detail.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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