Nature of and Understanding Nonprofits: 2-volume set

J. Steven Ott, Lisa A. Dicke

Third Edition • July 7, 2015 • 800 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813349930 • $90.00 USD$56.50 CAN


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This set features two texts edited by professors J. Steven Ott and Lisa A. Dicke:

The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector, Third Edition, features classic and current readings on the existence, forms and functions of the nonprofit sector.

Understanding Nonprofit Organizations, Third Edition, features classic and current readings, as well as case studies, on the crucial issues in the management of nonprofit organizations.

J. Steven Ott is Director of the Institute of Public and International Affairs and professor of political science at the University of Utah. He has served as a consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations and local and state government agencies, and has chaired the Executive Committee of the Nonprofit Management Education Section of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Dr. Ott has authored and edited many books, articles, and chapters on the nonprofit sector and its organizations, organization theory, organizational behavior, human resource management, administrative theory, accountability, and organizational culture.

Lisa A. Dicke is a professor of public administration at the University of North Texas. Dr. Dicke serves on the Executive Council and on the Committee of the Nonprofit Management Education Section of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Her research interests include organizational leadership, as well as accountability in government and nonprofit organizations, and her articles have been published in numerous books and journals.

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Part I. Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

1. The Idea of a Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
Peter Frumkin (2002)

2. The Nonprofit Sector and Its Place in the National Economy
Katie L. Roeger, Amy S. Blackwood & Sarah L. Pettijohn (2012)

3. Defining and Theorizing the Third Sector
Olaf Corry (2011)

Part II. The Nonprofit Sector’s Historical Evolution, Distinctive Values, and Contributions to Society

4. Brief History of the Nonprofit Sector
Thomas P. Holland & Roger A. Ritvo (2008)

5. The Gospel of Wealth
Andrew Carnegie (1889)

6. The Impact of the Voluntary Sector on Society
David Horton Smith (1973)

Part III. Tax-Exemption and Tax-Deduction

7. Tax-Exempt Organization.
Christopher Hoyt (1998)

8. The Charitable Sector’s Relationship with Government
Molly F. Sherlock & Jane G. Gravelle (2009)

Part IV. Economic Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

9. Ownership and Organizational Form: Nonprofit Firms
Henry Hansmann (2013)

10. Market Failure
Lester M. Salamon (1999)

11. Contract Failure Theory
Dennis R. Young (1998)

12. Government Failure Theory
Dennis R. Young (1998)

13. Devolution, Marketization, and the Changing Shape of Government-Nonprofit Relations
Kirsten A. Grønbjerg & Lester M. Salamon (2012)

Part V. Political Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

14. The Constitution of Citizens: Political Theories of Nonprofit Organizations
Elisabeth S. Clemens (2006)

15. Citizenship and Prosocial Behavior
Marc A. Musick & John Wilson (2008)

VI. Community Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

16. To Empower People: The Role of Mediating Structures in Public Policy
Peter L. Berger & Richard John Neuhaus (1977)

17. Nonprofit Organizations and Community
Steven Rathgeb Smith & Michael Lipsky (1993)

18. Organizational Social Capital and Nonprofits
Jo Anne Schneider (2009)

VII. Civil Society Theories of the Nonprofit Sector

19. Bowling Alone: Thinking About Social Change in America
Robert D. Putnam (2000)

20. Civil Society as a Public Sphere
Sabine Lang (2013)

Part VIII. Theories of Giving and Philanthropy

21. Giving Well, Doing Good
Amy A. Kass (2008)

22. What is Altruism?
Alan Wolf (1998)

23. Doing Good
David H. Smith (2005)

24. Philanthropy in Communities of Color
Bradford Smith, Sylvia Shue, Jennifer Lisa Vest & Joseph Villarreal (1999)

Part IX. The Blending and Blurring of the Sectors

25. Third Party Government.
Dennis R. Young (1998)

26. The Future of the Nonprofit Sector: Its Entwining with Private Enterprise and Government.
Burton A. Weisbrod (1997)

27. From Welfare Bureaucracies to Welfare Hybrids
David Billis (2010)

Part X. The Nonprofit Sector Internationally: The Global Context

28. Government-Nonprofit Relations from an International Perspective
Lester M. Salamon (2006)

29. Organizations that Straddle the State-Society Divide: Illuminating Blind Spots of Existing Paradigms
Benjamin L. Read & Robert Pekkanen (2009, 2014)

30. International Assistance
Abby Stoddard (2012)


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Part I. Governance of Nonprofit Organizations

1. Board of Directors.
Stephen R. Block (1998)

2. Guide to Nonprofit Corporate Governance in the Wake of Sarbanes-Oxley
American Bar Association, Coordinating Committee on Nonprofit Governance (2005)

Case Study 1: Welcome to the Board of Directors

Case Study 2: Unwelcome News

Part II. The Legal Framework (Jared Bennett)

3. Organizational, Operational, and Related Tests and Doctrines
Bruce R. Hopkins (2011)

4. Evaluating the Charitable Deduction and Proposed Reforms
Roger Colinvaux, Brian Galle, Eugene Steuerle (2012)

5. Punctilios and Nonprofit Corporate Governance: A Comprehensive Look at Nonprofit Directors’ Fiduciary Duties
Thomas Lee Hazen & Lisa Love Hazen (2012)

Case Study 3: Daughter Dearest

Case Study 4: Conflicting Values

Part III. Strategic Leadership

6. Executive Director.
Stephen R. Block (1990)

7. When No One Is in Charge: The Meaning of Shared Power
Barbara C. Crosby and John M. Bryson (2005)

Case Study 5: The Downward Spiral of Founder’s Hospital

Case Study 6: Between a Rock and Boulder

Part IV. Innovation and Capacity

8. Taking Social Entrepreneurship Seriously
J. Gregory Dees (2007)

9. Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World
Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine (2012).

Case Study 7: Creative Curmudgeonry

Case Study 8: Introspection, Creativity and Cloud Computing

Part V. Fund Development: Generating Revenues

10. Capacity Building: Strategies for Successful Fundraising
Michele Cole (2014)

11. Analyzing the Dynamics of Funding: Reliability and Autonomy
Jon Pratt (2004)

12. Foundations
Elizabeth T. Boris (1998)

Case Study 9: Ethical Considerations in Fundraising

Case Study 10: The Selling of America

Part VI. Philanthropy in Action

13. Philanthropic Social Ventures: A Framework and Profile of the Emerging Field
Holona LeAnne Ochs (2012)

14. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to
Educate the World’s Children
John Wood (2006)

Case Study 11: Growing Support Online One Meal at a Time

Case Study 12: Volunteer and Donor Recruitment on Social Media

Part VII. Contracts, Partners and Collaborations

15. A Manager’s Guide to Choosing and Using Collaborative Networks
H. Brinton Milward and Keith G. Provan (2006)

16. Paradoxes in the Management of Networks.
Sonia M. Ospina and Angel Saz-Carranza (2010)

Case Study 13: Printing, Politics and Personal Preferences

Case Study 14: Show Me the Money

Part VIII. Budgets, Financial Reports, and Management Control

17. The Underpinnings of Financial and Fiscal Operations
Dale Swoboda and Georgalu Swoboda (2009)

18. Types of Nonprofit Income: Financial and Cash Management Considerations
Murray Dropkin and Allyson Hayden (2001)

Case Study 15: Throwing the First E-Stone

Case Study 16: When the Funding Stops

Part IX. Managing Volunteers

19. What is Volunteering?
Marc A. Musick and John Wilson (2008)

20. It Ain’t Natural: Toward a New (Natural) Resource Conceptualization for Volunteer Management
Jeffrey L. Brudney and Lucas C.P.M. Meijs (2009)

Case Study 17: Now You See ‘Em, Now You Don’t: Volunteers and Nonprofits

Case Study 18: Turning the Tide: Transitioning From Volunteers to Paid Staff

Part X. Accountability and Evaluation

21. Balancing Competing Accountability Requirements: Challenges in
Performance Improvement of the Nonprofit Human Services Agency
Seok-Eun Kim (2005)

22. Accountability Online: Understanding the Web-Based Accountability Practices of Nonprofit Organizations Accountability
Gregory D. Saxton and Chao Guo (2011)

Case Study 19: An Awareness Campaign

Case Study 20: Technology and Transparency at the Museum

Praise for previous editions

“Ott and Dicke should be applauded for their outstanding efforts, which bridge the macro and micro levels of the nonprofit sector for the first time and consequentially enrich the intellectual understanding of the field.”
Public Administration Review, Vol. 73, Issue 1, January/February, 2013

“In my view, nothing competes with this book. It differs from all others in the foundational nature of its readings, the scope of coverage, and the introductory essays of the co-editors that synthesize concepts and knit together the ideas of others.”
—Kathleen Hale, Auburn University

“The editors have done the work for you— if you want to understand the theories behind the nonprofit sector, this is the book to read.”
—Joanne Carman, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

“This is an excellent resource to give students a taste for research in the field. It covers a variety of topics across the gamut of nonprofit management, and the introductions to the topics are clear and make the issue interesting for my students. Without this book, the course would be shallow.”
—Russell A. Cargo, Carroll College

“[A] wonderful collection of readings, eminently suitable for introductory courses as well as great starting point for more advanced students and scholars. Theory and practice, national and international, and current and historical perspectives are all embraced in this valuable book.”
—Dennis R. Young, Georgia State University

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