“The advancing of management”: Cross‐sector agents and rationalization of nonprofits in Eastern China

This study examines and extends former theoretical argument of nonprofit rationalization in the Chinese context. Based on a survey study of 179 nonprofit organizations across Zhejiang province of Eastern China, we find that nonprofits led by individuals with prior business experience and with more extensive business networking are more likely to adopt rationalized rules and…

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Past work experience and organizational assimilation in nonprofit organizations

This study compares seven dimensions of organizational assimilation (OA)—familiarity with coworkers, familiarity with supervisors, recognition, acculturation, involvement, job competency, and role negotiation—into nonprofit, for‐profit, and governmental organizations incorporating the role of similarity of past work experience (magnitude of transition [MoT]). An online survey of 294 employee newcomers (tenures of 3 months or less) revealed differences…

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Major Grant Goes to a Hoped-For Identity Change of Museum Boards

G.zengin [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons January 16, 2019; New York Times The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has announced that a number of the nation’s foundations have put together a $4 million grant pool to help push the boards of their members to become more “diverse and inclusive.” The investment certainly does not…

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How Campaigns Hurt Major Gifts

Fundraisers disagree about the value of capital campaigns. Today’s post argues they do more harm than good in the long run. Tomorrow’s post will offer a different point of view. Someone is going to be upset when they read this. Reason: they’ve invested their entire career in campaigns, and when someone like me comes along…

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Q&A with Greg Trainor of the Philadelphia Community Corps

Philadelphia Community Corps is a triple-bottom-line operation that achieves its mission of job training and waste diversion by deconstructing abandoned buildings and selling discarded materials through the Philly Reclaim architectural salvage warehouse. The organization provides tax-deductible deconstruction services to residential, industrial, and commercial demolitions. The Philly Reclaim store offers salvaged building materials, antiques, and secondhand…

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