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    Growing Professionalism in the Services of Nonprofit Organizations

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    The nonprofit sector today has to meet growing demands for better quality services and growing competition from business and public organizations, and also from other nonprofit organizations. Because of these circumstances they have to become more professional in their activities. The paper examines the professionalization and knowledge management in nonprofit organizations. The theoretical issues of knowledge management of nonprofit organizations are supported by examples from (earlier and recent) research of the authors. The aspects of knowledge management presented in this paper, not only give an insight over the contribution of nonprofit organizations to the success of a larger project, but they ca be an example for other nonprofits dealing with similar problems, facing similar challenges.Knowledge-based services; knowledge transfer; nonprofit organizations; professionalization.

    Building Capacity in Nonprofit Organizations

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    Offers a capacity building model that is based on a review of civil society, sustainable development, and organizational management literature. Reviews effective capacity building programs sponsored or operated by foundations. Includes recommendations

    Drawing Lines, Spanning Boundaries: Managerial Perceptions of Innovation Value in Public and Nonprofit Organizations

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    Despite the large and varied selection of literature on innovation, questions about the diverse organizational aspects of innovation and the differences of innovation in public and nonprofit organizations still remain. This study compares public and nonprofit organizations on their perceived innovativeness and analyzes the environmental factors and organizational practices that are presumably related to innovation. This paper uses survey data from the National Administrative Studies Project III (NASP-III) that surveyed managers in public and nonprofit organizations in Georgia and Illinois over a three wave, 10-month span, on a variety of organizational topics. Using multinomial logistic regression, the findings show that variables such as flexibility, the ability to serve the public interest, and incentives are positively related to innovation in both public and nonprofit organizations. Variables such as employee and managerial risk aversion, and red tape negatively affect innovation. Other variables, including job security, organizational pride and performance-based promotion vary by sector.LBJ School of Public Affair

    Volunteer Vetting Process within Nonprofit Organizations

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    This report uses multiple Ohio chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters to analyze how children-centered nonprofit organizations manage the tension between efficiently and successfully meeting their objectives and ensuring child safety via their volunteer vetting processes. Organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters that rely heavily on volunteer participation face many risks when vetting volunteers. The process used to vet these individuals, including recruitment, screening, acceptance, and certification, is lengthy; however, there is a buildup of demand for volunteers while this process is taking place. This research looks to understand if the vetting processes are able to balance safety of children with efficiency of the process. Several methods were used for compiling data: internal surveys within Big Brothers Big Sisters; analysis of financial reports and grants of nonprofit organizations; and analysis of donor reports for these same organizations. The data accumulated within this research serves to determine if and how the vetting processes used by Big Brothers Big Sisters to vet potential volunteers is both successful and quick. Public opinion and reputation play a large part into the financial and overall success of nonprofit organizations, which is taken into account for success of the vetting process.No embargoAcademic Major: Operations Managemen

    Why Build Green?

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    Discusses motivations for nonprofit organizations considering green building. Part of Kresge's Green Building Initiative

    Charity Oversight: An Alternative Approach

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    In this paper, a former director of the Internal Revenue Services Exempt Organization Division argues that the IRS is structurally ill suited for the task of providing vigorous oversight of the nations growing number of nonprofit organizations. The author proposes a new, national institution, modeled loosely on the corporate sectors National Association of Securities Dealers that would, among other features, derive sufficient funding for vigorous oversight through contributions from nonprofit organizations. The author envisions an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code that would enable the nonprofit organizations to take a credit against excise taxes, particularly the excise tax on the net investment income of private foundations, they would otherwise pay to the federal government. This publication is Hauser Center Working Paper No. 33.4. Hauser Working Paper Series Nos. 33.1-33.9 were prepared as background papers for the Nonprofit Governance and Accountability Symposium October 3-4, 2006.The author, Marcus S. Owens is with Caplin & Drysdale; Chartered
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