Editors’ Note: We are very glad to introduce this special supplement on higher education opportunities in the area of nonprofit studies. In addition to this buyers’ guide-type article is a set of guidelines to help you judge curricula and a listing of programs. Many thanks to David Renz of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership for his help in putting this package together.
Why do some community-based nonprofits sound more like each other than the diverse communities they serve? This article, addressing a core issue of nonprofit accountability, is based on research originally printed in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Right up front, I want to urge you to notice the free giveaways that you can access in this issue:
• Our special supplement on nonprofit education programs, complete with a buyer’s guide. This is our first of a number of such supplements aimed at helping you to be a wise consumer of the products and services offered to nonprofits, and to the people who work in them;
• A free downloadable copy of a special issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly that describes the national “infrastructure” intended to support nonprofits. This is the first publication to describe and map that network of groups. • A free subscription to the Nonprofit Quarterly’s e-newsletter (see http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/scripts/enews/subscribe/). This is a favorite feature for many of our readers, often containing resources and articles not available through the print version of the magazine.
Grants or contracts may have a similar dollar value but be very different in terms of the value they bring to a nonprofit budget. In fact, some very big grants can be absolutely ruinous. In this classic article, Clara Miller tells us why organizations need to look before accepting gifts and why some lead to large unforeseen costs.