Spring 2007 – Digital Issue

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Revenue as Destiny

Spring 2007: Volume 14, Issue 1


  • Welcome

  • The Nonprofit Ethicist
    How do nonprofits confront the complexities of immigration and is it right to take a stand that may put them on the wrong side of the law? by Woods Bowman
  • Dark and Light Matters in the Nonprofit Universe: Getting the Numbers Right
    Pratt examines the size and shape of the nonprofit sector and warns us it may shrink in the wash. by Jon Pratt

  • Organizational Slack, Or Goldilocks and the Three Budgets
    Organizations need to have financial “slack” to remain healthy and innovative, but they can have too much. How much is too much, how much is too little, how much is just right? by Woods Bowman

  • Transactional Analysis, Nonprofit Style: An Interview with Richard Brewster
    It costs money to make money. This also holds true in the nonprofit sector. But some money comes with hidden price tags.

  • In Search of Sustainable Funding: Is Diversity of Sources Really the Answer?
    Is there an optimal funding mix as organizations grow? This research suggests there may be. by William Foster, Ben Dixon, and Matt Hochstetler

  • In Economic Redevelopment, Nonprofits Should Not Get Stuck in the Bleachers
    Nonprofits have a vital role to play in economic redevelopment. The author presents contrasting case studies. by Judith Saidel

Special Supplement

  • “How Do Employers Weigh a Candidate’s Nonprofit Management Degree When Hiring?”
    NPQ asked hiring managers whether a nonprofit management degree was positive, negative, or neutral in their hiring decisions. by the editors
  • NPQ Directory of Nonprofit Management Education



  • Now You See It—Now You Don’t: Conflict of Interest Demands More Than Just a Policy
    Conflicts of interest are a normal part of organizational life, but dealing with them is anything but simple, as NPQ learned from its readers. by Mel Gill

  • Conflict of Interest: Mischief Thou Art Afoot
    The author delves into recent press coverage on conflicts of interest that typify some of the issues nonprofits must manage, presenting the public and backstories that make these cases notorious and complex. by Rick Cohen

Financial Management

  • Absent the Audit: How Small Nonprofits Can Demonstrate Accountability Without One
    If your organization doesn’t do an annual audit, here’s what you should be doing to maintain public trust and financial accountability. by Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman


  • Online Volunteering Enters Middle Age
    Online volunteering seems new to some and old hat to others. The author discusses where it’s been, where it’s going, and how to get it right. by Jayne Cravens

Human Resources

  • Preparing an Organization to Sustain Capable Leadership
    By accident or design, your organization will change leadership. The author offers a range of steps you can take to ensure the organization maintains its equilibrium. by Karen Gaskins Jones


  • Fleishman’s World—an Essay
    Eisenberg reviews a widely hailed recent book on philanthropy, finding it an insider’s view of a closed system. by Pablo Eisenberg

  • ARNOVA Abstracts
    In collaboration with the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), NPQ presents a selection of recent, potentially useful, research abstracts.

  • The Take-Away
    Summaries of the articles in this issue. by the editors

  • Classifieds


  • Emotional Returns Sometimes the Most Measurable
    Outcome measurements or a good story? Which is more attractive? by Phil Anthrop