Articles on Non Profit Organizations

Non Profit Organizations - Introduction

The Non-Profit Sector or the NGO (Non Governmental Organizations) saw a rise all over the world during the 1990s to fill the gap between the governmental agencies and the public.

Emergence of the Non-Profit Sector

In cases related of governance, the non governmental oorganizations can play both an activist and an advisory role. Lets discuss about the emergence of the non-profit sector and the implications for governance.

Management of Nonprofit Organizations

Though the nonprofits sector is not like the corporate sector, there is a need for them to have proper management control and accountability to satisfy regulatory needs as well as to follow due diligence in whatever they do. This article discusses some reasons why nonprofits must have management structures as a means to ensure compliance and provide accountability.

NPO in a Time of Unprecedented Change

During the time of global recession there is a need for non profit organizations to step in where the state has failed. The NPOs are being called upon to perform various roles that they were previously hesitant to do.

NPO and Impact Based Measurement

With donors becoming more demanding and funding drying up, non-profits need to report the progress on the return for each dollar. The SROI or the Social Return on Investment indicator is a good measure to track the return that each dollar gets for the donors from the non-profits.

Nonprofit Public Relations

Nonprofits need to advertise and have public relations teams to ensure that their work is noticed. Nonprofits need to rope in donors and attract volunteers. Hence, they need to have PR teams working on both ends of the spectrum. The case for PR teams is accentuated because the nonprofits have to ensure that the beneficiaries are made aware of the outreach programs.

NPO: Increasing Effectiveness of Delivery

In recent years, non-profits have been deemed successfully delivering value wherever donors announce prizes for contributions. Case studies have shown that the motivation to improve delivery mechanisms is more where the lures of prizes in monetary terms are announced.

Non-Profits: Global Justice

Neoliberal globalization has produced classes of people who are better off than they were earlier. At the same time, it has also produced sections of people who are worse off than before. The global justice movement seeks to redress this imbalance and ensure equitable growth and global justice.

Ethics and Professionalism for NGOs

The NGO sector must practice what it preaches and hence, must be ethical and professional in its dealings with the external world. Moreover, the internal controls must be robust and the temptation to indulge in unethical acts must be resisted. The fact that donors and society looks at the NGO sector with respect means that this goodwill must not be abused.

Advocacy and Volunteerism

Nonprofits do both advocacy and volunteerism and this article explores the differences between these imperatives and the commonalities between them. The main point of this article is that nonprofits must define their objectives clearly and articulate what they would like to do in order to not end up doing everything and not doing justice to anything.

Grants and Proposals Writing

Non-profits cannot take grant and proposal writing lightly given the squeeze on funding that is in place these days. Many non-profits employ professionals to prepare grant and proposal documents and in this respect, they are no different from the corporates who prepare similar documents.

Program Evaluation and Monitoring

This article discusses the need for program evaluation and monitoring of the activities of the non-profits and suggests some best practices that the non-profits can follow to ensure that they account for the money spent as well as to assuage donor concerns about the programs.

Government, Social Welfare and NGOs

This article discusses the role of the government and the NGOs in actualizing social welfare. The key theme of this article is that despite their differences, both the government and the NGOs must work together for the benefit of society.

Can NGOs Substitute Government ?

This article discusses the themes of governments, social welfare, and NGOs. The key theme in this article is that the NGOs can only do that much and the real task is what the government does to promote social welfare.

Rise of the Mega Donors for NPOs

The rise of the mega donors like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet has major implications for the way in which social welfare is actualized. This article examines the rise of the mega donors and the impact that they have had on the nonprofit sector.

Internal Controls in Nonprofits

The NGO sector, which professes to work for the larger social good, has to be holier than thou in maintaining strict controls are are and to institute internal controls. This article discusses some examples where the NGOs would have been better off if they had maintained proper records and given importance to internal vigilance.

Role of Nonprofits in Helping Youth in US

This article discusses the problems faced by urban youth in communities across the United States especially in the inner city neighborhoods. The key them in this article is that this segment is particularly vulnerable to social ills and therefore, the nonprofits have a stellar role to play in making these youth lead meaningful and productive lives.

How NPOs can Increase their Funding

Nonprofits like any other entity need funding and money to sustain themselves. Though this money is not used to make profits, the nonprofits need sources of funding to run their day-to-day operations. This article discusses some sources of funding that the nonprofits can tap into to increase their revenues. This article also analyzes the methods employed by the nonprofits to raise money from externally driven methods and internally driven campaigns.

Advocacy vs Activist Function of NPO

This article discusses the various roles and functions of the nonprofits around the world with a particular emphasis on the grassroots function and how it varies from nonprofit to nonprofit. The key theme in this article is that nonprofits have to usually start with advocacy and then graduate to activism over a period and that activism requires deep commitment and resources as well as being confrontationist with the special interests.

The Corporatization of the NGOs and How It Impacts Funders, Beneficiaries, and Others

Of late, it is common to see philanthropic foundations being run like corporates. While there are diverging opinions and views on whether this is good or bad for the stakeholders, the fact remains that it helps build credibility and accountability as well as transparency. Moreover, when such foundations interact with governments and heads of state routinely, there needs to be a professional approach. On the other hand, it is also the case that celebrity giving must be not reduced to photo ops. This article examines these themes with real world examples.

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