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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... Astrophysical Dark Matter Metaphor 12 The Mapmaking Metaphor and the Flat-Earth VNPS Paradigms 13 Toward a Theory of Voluntary Altruism: Key Definitions 15 Conclusion 28 Chapter 2: Revising Flat-Earth Maps: The Rest of the Voluntary.
... and social service agencies such as the YMCA, the Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities—ignores perhaps 90% of the real voluntary or nonprofit sector, which he calls the “dark matter” of the nonprofit sector, just as physical dark ...
Smith's book brings much-needed attention to this dark matter of the nonprofit universe. Public benefit is, in fact, a questionable term, Smith says. He prefers nonmember benefit to public benefit. Although that substitution probably ...
... the Lilly Endowment, and other similar funders of some research on nonprofits and volunteer groups, might begin to see more clearly the overall cumulative importance of GAs as the “dark matter” of the nonprofit sector.
The “dark matter” astrophysical metaphor and the mapmaking metaphor used in this book are then presented. Much of the chapter is devoted to a presentation of the definitions involved in my theory of voluntary altruism.
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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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