This edition has a special focus on the negative and positive enactments of self-interest in the nonprofit sector. We started by looking at conflicts of interest, and quickly realized that the last thing we wanted to do was to give the impression that self-interest in general in nonprofits is objectionable. Sometimes it is a bad thing—as when individuals prioritize their own interest over the collective interest they are meant to serve. But self-interest in the sector is not always inappropriate. In fact, the most grassroots elements of the sector are largely made up of groups pursuing collective self-interest.

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