WHAT DO NONPROFITS STAND FOR? RENEWING THE NONPROFIT VALUE COMMITMENT
The challenges facing nonprofit organizations around the country can, in part, be attributed to an ongoing movement away from historical modes of operation and from widespread public assumptions about how nonprofits are supposed to operate. Though this movement is needed in order for organizations to survive and fulfill their missions in an increasingly competitive environment, it has blurred the borders between nonprofits and for-profits, caused confusion about what sets nonprofits apart, and led to a key erosion of public trust.
To combat this, the nonprofit sector must renew its commitment to the qualities and attributes make them such a special, and important, part of American society. To kick off this renewal, the Center’s Listening Post Project fielded a survey that found that an overwhelming majority of respondents were able to agree on seven core values – being PRODUCTIVE, EMPOWERING, EFFECTIVE, ENRICHING, RELIABLE, RESPONSIVE, and CARING – that are crucial to the nonprofit sector and that, in aggregate, truly set the sector apart.
This survey and the report it generated, “What do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the nonprofit value commitment,” are intended to be the first steps toward a broad conversation and renewal within the sector. Please join us on Twitter (use #nonprofitvalues) and Facebook to add your voice!
Please browse the links on this page to access all of the materials relating to this important conversation.
- What Do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the nonprofit value commitment
- The State of Nonprofit America, Second Edition
- Nonprofits are: ENRICHING
- Productive, Responsive, and Caring: Highlighting 3 Nonprofit Values
- Nonprofits are: RESPONSIVE
- Nonprofits are: CARING
- Nonprofits are: PRODUCTIVE
- Center Director Lester Salamon on the State of Nonprofit America and the Need for Renewal
- NEW REPORT: What Do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the nonprofit value commitment
- What makes nonprofits special?
- Seven Nonprofit Values
- How nonprofits are: PRODUCTIVE
- How nonprofits are: CARING
- How nonprofits are: RESPONSIVE
- How nonprofits are: ENRICHING
AUDIO & VIDEO
- Lester Salamon on the State of Nonprofit America and the Need For Renewal, [Nonprofit Issues Forum, 10.5.2012, VIDEO]
COVERAGE & DISCUSSION
- What are Museums For? [Australian Museum, 1.15.2013]
- We Rock…Pass it on [Nonprofit University Blog , LaSalle University, 1.11.2013]
- 10 Great Social Innovation Reads, December 2012 [Social Velocity, 1.10.2013]
- What Do Nonprofits Stand For? [Erie Community Foundation Nonprofit Partnership, 1.7.2013]
- Mistakes to Learn from in the Charitable-Deduction Debate [Chronicle of Philanthropy, 12.19.2012]
- 7 Key Attributes of Nonprofit Organizations [LeadingAge, 12.10.2012]
- Better communications seen as critical for nonprofits [Philanthropy North Carolina, 12.10.2012]
- Nonprofits Rate Themselves Against For-Profits [NonProfit Times, 12.7.2012]
- What makes nonprofits special? [The Rebecca Gordon Group, 12.7.2012]
- Nonprofit Sector Renewal Strategy Based on Seven Unique Values [Alliance for Children & Families, 12.7.2012]
- Liberty Lutheran Participated in Johns Hopkins Study [Liberty Lutheran, 12.6.2012]
- New Study Reveals What Makes Nonprofits Special [PhysOrg, 12.6.2012]
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