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The Question of Class
The Question of Class
What is class-based power and why should nonprofits concern themselves with it? In the introductory article to this issue, the editors tackle the knotty questions of class, and examine how Americans in general—and nonprofits in particular—still participate in long-held notions of American class mobility while failing to completely understand the close links between class, power, and the issues that challenge them. [9 pages; 776 kb]
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The Third Sector as a Protective Layer for Capitalism
The Third Sector as a Protective Layer for Capitalism
What would Karl Marx say about the role and contributions of today’s nonprofit organizations and organized philanthropy? Nothing good, certainly. Joan Roelofs lays out the main points of the critique: that nonprofit activity has the effect of using up the same oxygen that could devise, promote, and initiate radical alternatives to the present system. [4 pages, 140 kb]
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Battered Agencies
Battered Agencies
Do the working and funding conditions of nonprofits in poor communities confront them with the same stresses and instabilities of the low-income families they serve? What effects do lack of economic stability, limited social support, crowded or impermanent housing, lack of respect from peers, and less-than-positive relationships with local institutions have inside local or indigenous agencies striving to serve low-income communities? [6 pages, 264 kb]
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Class Consciousness Matters
Class Consciousness Matters
Countless studies and statistics show that for the past three decades economic inequality has grown in the United States. Why do the American people accept this? Do we really believe that social mobility is easily achieved? Yes, argues author David Moberg, and nonprofits must not align themselves with this belief or perpetuate this myth in their work. [4 pages, 312 kb]
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Financial Independence: Six Approaches
Financial Independence: Six Approaches
Most nonprofit organizations are dependent on outside sources for funding, which subject them to conditions and requirements not of their choosing. Formed for a charitable purpose but existing in a market economy, nonprofits must come to terms with the world to get the resources required to do their work. [4 pages, 764 kb]
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Diving into the Power Pool
Diving into the Power Pool
What is community power analysis and why is it relevant to nonprofits? Which techniques can help us identify and mobilize influential and hidden power brokers in a community? The editors explore the various disciplines for mapping pivotal community power roles, starting with the work of Floyd Hunter in the 1950s. [4 pages, 220 kb]
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Good Intentions: The Dilemma of Outside-In Help for Inside-Out Change
Good Intentions: The Dilemma of Outside-In Help for Inside-Out Change
How can philanthropy effectively help people to help themselves? David Ellerman points to the basic conundrum that “money moving” organizations, including foundations and international aid agencies, face creating dependency and corruption in their efforts to support “inside-out” change. This conundrum is rooted in both the direct and short-term approach of many funders, as well as organizational cultures that discourage genuine learning. [4 pages, 476 kb]
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Philanthropy and Social Welfare Policy
Philanthropy and Social Welfare Policy
How could liberal philanthropy be more forthright and honest about its ideological positions and commitments? Is it really effective for philanthropy to hide its ideological and political underpinnings? [6 pages, 1.2 Mb]
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Asking the Right Person for the Right Amount
Asking the Right Person for the Right Amount
Who is a genuine prospect, and how much should you ask for? These two questions are fundamental to any fundraising effort, and knowing the answers can make the difference between spinning your wheels and making a successful solicitation. [5 pages, 272 kb]

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Which Light is Right? The Impending Leadership Deficit Crisis
Which Light is Right? The Impending Leadership Deficit Crisis
Is a leadership gap looming over the nonprofit sector? Is the need for thousands of managers a matter requiring special action, or one that will be solved the old-fashioned way (with talented youth displacing their elders)? Two of the sector’s most trenchant commentators from exactly the same age cohort (they are identical twins), come down on opposite sides in a clash that goes way beyond sibling rivalry. [3 pages, 84 kb]
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