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Managing Nonprofit Organizations in a Policy World

by Shannon K Vaughan and Shelly Arsenault CQ Press
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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.


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.

Table of Contents
Tables, Figures, and Boxes

Part I Fundamentals and Environment of the Voluntary Sector

What is the Nonprofit Sector?
Federalism and the Relationships between the Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Sectors
Theories of the Nonprofit Sector and Policy Change
Regulating Not-for-Profit Organizations
Part II Strategies of Not-for-Profit Organizations

The Role of Mission and Strategic Management
Lobbying and Advocacy: Politics, Policy, and Possibilities
Ethics and Accountability
Marketing the Nonprofit Organization
Resource Development: Capacity, Campaigns, and Commercial Ventures
Resource Development: Grants
Part III Management Issues

Administration and Management
Nonprofit Governance and Leadership
Managing Human Resources: Volunteers and Staff
Evaluating Success
Part IV The Future of the Nonprofit Sector

Looking Forward: Emerging Trends for Managing Nonprofits

Shannon K. Vaughan, Western Kentucky University
Shelly Arsneault, California State University, Fullerton