SAGE Publications, 2000 M05 11 - 360 páginas
This volume explores the world of grassroots organizations and outlines their history while differentiating them from the more familiar paid-staff nonprofit organizations. David Horton Smith, a leading scholar on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, examines the available empirical research on the topic and analyzes the theoretical concepts that have come to define such associations. He affords the reader a complete, detailed description of the nature and characteristics of grassroots organizations, their formation, structure, leadership, life cycle, effectiveness, and their integral role in postmodern societies.
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VNPS = voluntary nonprofit sector, which is the voluntary, independent, so-called “third sector” of society that manifests voluntary altruism and may be divided into the member benefit subsector and the nonmember benefit subsector.
He founded the principal scholarly group (the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) and the principal journal (Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly) in the field. This book might well be his ...
This large world of small public benefit organizations, mutual benefit organizations, and unincorporated associations ... Some of the most interesting parts of the book come in Smith's analysis of the fundamental concept of “voluntary ...
most important to ask and answer about GAs as groups and sometimes organizations (formal groups). ... In essence, I argue in this book that there are many “flat-earth” voluntary nonprofit sector (VNPS) paradigms that are distorting the ...
... the forerunner of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and by the Journal of Voluntary Action Research as the forerunner of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (see Appendix A).
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Part III Theoretical Paradigms and Conclusions
Chapter 10 FlatEarth Paradigms and a RoundEarth Paradigm Outline
The Advent of Homo Voluntas
Description of the Largely North American Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Creating a Local Nonprofit Sampling Frame Including Grassroots Associations An American Example
Methodology of the Smith OneSuburb Study
Chapter 6 Internal Processes
Chapter 7 Leaders and Environments
Chapter 8 Life Cycle Changes
Chapter 9 Impact and Effectiveness
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