This edition of the Nonprofit Quarterly, titled “Unbalanced: Stakeholders, Accountability, and Nonprofits,” addresses issues of nonprofit and philanthropic accountability. Since nonprofits are very broadly accountable to the public good, we did not do a thorough exploration of the topic, which would need story-based illustrations; rather, we have focused on the imbalances in the effectiveness of the mechanisms for enforcing accountability in nonprofit organizations. These more or less follow the formality of the accountability expectation, and that follows the money, government regulations, and professional-standard enforcement.

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