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Financing Nonprofits

Putting Theory into Practice

Edited by Dennis R. Young - Contributions by Woods Bowman; Arthur Brooks; Joseph Cordes; Charles M. Gray; Janet Greenlee; Mark Hager; Renee Irvin; Estelle James; Kevin Kearns; Elizabeth Keating; Anne Preston; Patrick Rooney; Michael Rushton; Richard Sansing; Roxanne Spillett; Richard Steinberg; Howard Tuckman and Robert Yetman

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Nonprofits often struggle financially, overwhelmed by the need to muster a complex combination of income streams that range from grants and government funding to gifts-in-kind and volunteer labor. Financing Nonprofits draws upon a growing body of scholarship in economics and organizational theory to offer a conceptual framework for understanding this diverse mix of financing sources. By applying theory, readers can understand when a nonprofit organization should pursue particular sources of income and how it should manage its portfolio of income from different sources. Organized under the auspices of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise, Financing Nonprofits argues that those who would manage nonprofit organizations must first develop a conceptual framework through which they can understand the complicated and fast-paced landscape surrounding nonprofit decision-making. It offers a piece by piece analysis of the many potential components of nonprofit operating income, including a detailed study on how to accumulate the capital needed for major infrastructure projects or endowments and an examination of how to maintain a healthy investment profile once sufficient capital exists. By melding theory with practice, Young and the other contributors to Financing Nonprofits have created a volume that will serve as a practical guide to financing strategies for executive directors, CFOs, and board members of nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of fields; as a text for graduate students in nonprofit finance; and as a source of ideas for researchers to continue to probe and illuminate the many subtle issues associated with finding the right mix of resources to support the essential work of nonprofit organizations in our society. « less more »
AltaMira Press / National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise
Pages: 454Size: 6 1/2 x 9 3/8
978-0-7591-0988-9 • Hardback • September 2006 • $113.00 • (£75.00)
978-0-7591-0989-6 • Paperback • September 2006 • $58.00 • (£39.95)
978-0-7591-1412-8 • eBook • September 2006 • $57.99 • (£39.95)
Dennis R. Young is Bernard B. and Eugenia A. Ramsey Professor of Private Enterprise, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and president of the National Center on Nonprofit Enterprise.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Foreword
Part 3 I. Why Study Nonprofit Finance?
Chapter 4 1. Why Study Nonprofit Finance?
Part 5 II. Sources of Support for Operations
Chapter 6 2. Individual Giving
Chapter 7 3. Institutional Philanthropy
Chapter 8 4. Government Funding of Nonprofit Organizations
Chapter 9 5. Fee Income and Commercial Ventures
Chapter 10 6. Membership Income
Chapter 11 7. Investment Income
Chapter 12 8. Volunteer Resources
Part 13 III. Sources of Capital
Chapter 14 9. Collaboration and Barter
Chapter 15 10. Gifts-in-Kind and Other Illiquid Assets
Chapter 16 11. Borrowing and Debt
Part 17 IV. Income and Asset Portfolios, and Financial Health
Chapter 18 12. Managing Endowments and Other Assets
Chapter 19 13. Income Portfolios
Chapter 20 14. Financial Health
Part 21 V. Towards a Normative Theory of Nonprofit Finance
Chapter 22 15. Towards a Normative Theory of Nonprofit Finance
This is a most important and illuminating book about the very complex subject of nonprofit organizations' resources. The book provides an excellent guide to the subject: It deals thoroughly with the different types of resources—financial and non-financial, each of them separately and all of them as a whole. It makes a strong case for diversification of organizational resources but not at all costs and not in all cases. Finally, it links the issue of obtaining resources to the issue of organizational strategic planning, where it belongs. This is a 'must read' for nonprofit managers, researchers, and policy-makers.
Benjamin Gidron, Director, Israeli Center for Third sector Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev


This book is a 'must-read' for all those interested in the nonprofit sector. Dennis Young has assembled an exceptional group of experts who expand our understanding of nonprofit finance.
Diana Aviv, President and CEO, Independent Sector


Financing Nonprofits combines elegant academic analyses of various financial issues, such as managing endowments, with practical examples and advice. A must read for financial overseers of nonprofit organizations.
Regina E. Herzlinger, Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School


This is the most comprehensive treatise to date on nonprofit financing. It will be of great utility to both practitioners and scholars.
James E. Austin, Snider Professor of Business Administration Emeritus, Harvard Business School


Financing Nonprofits attains a new plateau in advancing research and practice in nonprofit finance. Young and his colleagues clearly distinguish the study and analysis of nonprofit finance from that of government or for-profit entities, thus clearing the way to develop a distinct body of normative theory and practice for nonprofits. . . . All of the chapters are rich in case studies and analysis of real world issues. This impressive and accessible volume is a 'must-read' for CEO's, CFO's and trustees of nonprofits and for students and scholars interested in nonprofit finance.
Virginia Hodgkinson, Georgetown University


The capitalization and financing challenges facing nonprofits continue to take on greater importance in a sector that is undergoing dramatic change. Dennis Young and NCNE have brought together an impressive group of experts who offer solid explanations and interesting insights into available nonprofit financing options. More importantly, Financing Nonprofits provides a platform for the kind of high level dialogue that often gets lost in the day-to-day realities of nonprofit management. Ultimately, it's this kind of discussion that will positively influence an organization's ability to deliver mission impact for the long term.
Mario Morino, Chairman, Venture Philanthropy Partners


Dennis Young's new book provides a comprehensive examination of the important topic of nonprofit financing by a collection of some of the most prominent scholars in the field. The volume will be of use and interest to scholars and practitioners alike.
Sharon Oster, Economics and Management, Yale School of Management


Finally, a comprehensive treatment of nonprofit finance—in all of its variety and permutations. Congratulations to the authors for putting into one volume everything we need to know about nonprofit finance. For nonprofit leaders this is a useful synthesis with chapters on every conceivable type of income and helpful diagnostic questions for managers; for researchers this is the current thinking from the field's experts with research questions and an explicit step toward a theory of nonprofit finance. Well done!
Elizabeth T. Boris, Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, The Urban Institute


...this commendable volume...has added significantly to the increasing number and diversity of books...of nonprofit organizations...
Herrington Bryce; Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntary Sector Quarterly


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