External Influences on Nonprofit Management: a Wide-Angle View

If organizations are a product of their surrounding cultures and social structures, what happens when perceived institutional boundaries dissolve and what used to be business as usual becomes unfamiliar territory? As Ruth McCambridge explains, when “we are beset with disequilibrium, we are challenged to step outside of the system.”

Technology’s Effect on Nonprofit Management

This article explores some of the challenges and opportunities introduced into our workplace by the continuing rise of technology, and asks, Will we embrace the discomfort of the new or will we “leave the possibilities on the table.”


Nonprofit Management Isn’t a Game

“Crowding out,” “venture philanthropy,” “social enterprise,” “game theory”. . . . Is it time for nonprofits to push back against this invasion of for-profit models and trends, and cultivate our own management frameworks?


Managing in the New Economic Reality

NFF’s Jina Paik outlines strategies used by nonprofits over the past few years to address the changes in public and private funding brought about by the challenging economic environment, and notes: “While organizations will certainly need to include new options in their tool kit of responses, the tried and true will continue to be important.”


The Participatory Revolution in Nonprofit Management

NPQ has a hoard of world class articles on management that inform our thinking and we often will recirculate pieces that we think need to be reconsidered. This classic by Gregory Saxton on participatory leadership and management is so thorough that some facet of it will be thought provoking even for the most cutting edge leaders.

Welcome to Summer 2012

Our summer 2012 issue looks at the external influences on nonprofit management—so let’s talk about those governing the Nonprofit Quarterly.