Nonprofits in Crisis

Nonprofits in Crisis

Economic Development, Risk, and the Philanthropic Kuznets Curve
Nuno S. Themudo
Distribution: World
Publication date: 9/5/2013
Format: cloth 224 pages, 18 b&w illus.
6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-253-00685-1
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Winner, Best Book Award, Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division
Why do some countries have a vibrant nonprofit sector while others do not? Nonprofits in Crisis explores the theory of risk as a major mechanism through which economic development influences the nonprofit sector. Nuno S. Themudo elaborates this idea by focusing on Mexican nonprofit organizations, which operate and strive to survive in a risky environment. The study of these nonprofits generates broader lessons about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector that complement wider cross-national statistical analysis.

Author Bio

Nuno S. Themudo is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.


"This book is an important contribution to comparative nonprofit studies, and it deserves to be carefully read and debated. It is an exemplary research project, offering an important and intriguing puzzle, a solid review and critique of alternative explanations, an interdisciplinary approach to theory-building and empirical testing, and original data. . . . It is no small challenge to offer an empirically rigorous and theoretically rich and coherent explanation of nonprofit sector development, and this work rises to that challenge admirably." —Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

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Table of Contents

1. A Cross-National Philanthropic Puzzle
2. A Risk Perspective on the Nonprofit Sector
3. Economic Development, Risk and the Nonprofit Sector in Cross-National Perspective
4. When Crisis Hits: Lessons of Courage and Compromise
5. The Long-term Impact of Economic Risk on Nonprofit Sector Strength
6. Nonprofit Sector in Crisis: Implications and Strategies for Risk Management
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