February, 2009Nonprofits and businesses interact in more and newer ways every year as powerful economic and social forces change. Nonprofits adopt more business-like practices, corporations support nonprofits through cause-related marketing, and social entrepreneurs create private businesses to achieve social goals. Nonprofits and Business, a new Urban Institute Press book, explores these and many other ways the two sectors collaborate, compete, and clash.
“Boundaries between nonprofit and for-profit activities continue to shift in ways that are redefining what it means to be a ‘nonprofit’ organization, and that also are forcing new attention to existing laws relating to public policy, taxation, and business regulation,” write editors Joseph J. Cordes and C. Eugene Steuerle.
More and more of society’s output and jobs -- health and information being prime examples -- could easily involve either sector. The resulting cross-pollination ranges along a continuum, with “traditional” nonprofit organizations relying on grants and donations at one end, for-profit enterprises with related charitable activities at the other, and institutional arrangements that mix and match for-profit and nonprofit elements in between.
Eleven distinguished scholars guide readers through this complex landscape:
“Anyone interested in the complex interactions between nonprofits and business will find this book an excellent and comprehensive resource. The authors bring timely analysis and insight to bear on the problems -- and opportunities -- these intertwined sectors face today. Nonprofits and Business is an informative, engaging read for students and researchers alike,” says Professor Alan J. Abramson of George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs.
Nonprofits and Business , edited by Joseph J. Cordes and C. Eugene Steuerle, is available from the Urban Institute Press (paper, 6" x 9", 284 pages, ISBN 978-0-87766-741-4, $29.50). Order online at http://www.uipress.org , call 410-516-6956, or dial 1-800-537-5487 toll-free.
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