Today, America's nonprofit organizations seem caught in a force field, buffetedby four impulses-voluntarism, professionalism, civic activism, and commercialism. Too little attention, however, has been paid to the significant tensions among theseimpulses. Understanding this force field and the factors shaping its dynamics thusbecomes central to understanding the future of particular organizations and of thenonprofit sector as a whole.In this second edition of an immensely successful volume, Lester Salamon and hiscolleagues offer an overview of the current state of America's nonprofit sector, examiningthe forces that are shaping its future and identifying the changes that might beneeded. The State of Nonprofit America has been completely revised and updated toreflect changing political realities and the punishing economic climate currently batteringthe nonprofit sector, which faces significant financial challenges during a timewhen its services are needed more than ever. The result is a comprehensive analysis ofa set of institutions that Alexis de Tocqueville recognized to be "e;more deserving of ourattention"e; than any other part of the American experiment.
State of Nonprofit America
Brookings Institution Press