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- A Win-Win Route out of the Greek Debt Crisis (TWFR, May/June 2015)
The World Financial Review, May/June 2015 | Lester M. Salamon. Published in the May/June issue of The World Financial Review, this article by Center Director Dr. Lester Salamon considers a "third route" out of the Greek debt crisis that may provide a win-win solution for both Greece and her creditors.
- Book Review: Leverage for Good & New Frontiers of Philanthropy (Alliance Magazine, 12.2014)
Alliance Magazine | Richard Holloway.
Book review of Lester Salamon's New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A guide to the new tools and actors re‑shaping global philanthropy and social investing and the companion volume, Leverage for Good: An introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment. This review appeared in the December 2014 issue of Alliance Magazine and is available online here.
- Did You Know? Alliance Magazine December 2011
The belief that volunteer activity is more extensive in higher- income countries than in lower-income ones results from focusing exclusively on volunteering through organizations. When the lens is widened to include direct volunteering, it becomes clear that the average time spent volunteering by people in both groups of countries is virtually identical. First published in the December 2011 issue of Alliance Magazine.
- Did You Know? Alliance Magazine March 2011
The privatization of governmental or quasi-governmental enterprises or assets offers a new avenue for resourcing community-based foundations in developing regions around the world. First published in the March 2011 issue of Alliance Magazine.
- Effects of Government Support of Nonprofit Institutions on Aggregate Private Philanthropy: Evidence from 40 Countries (2012)
Voluntas | S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
This paper examines the effects of aggregate government payments to nonprofit organizations on aggregate private philanthropy using data for 40 countries assembled by the Center. Four behavioral models of private philanthropic giving are proposed to formulate four hypotheses about those effects: no net effect, crowding in (positive effect), crowding out (negative effect), and "philanthropic flight" or displacement (negative effect across different subsectors). The data support two these hypotheses, "crowding in" and philanthropic flight or displacement of private philanthropy from service to expressive activities by government payments to service NPIs..
- Leverage for Good: The New World of Social Purpose Finance, World Financial Review (November/December 2014)
The World Financial Review, November/December 2014 | Lester M. Salamon.
Published in the November/December issue of The World Financial Review, this article by Center Director Dr. Lester Salamon examines the remarkable changes taking place in social purpose finance today. This article draws on New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and Actors that are reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investment, edited by Lester M. Salamon (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investing, by Lester M. Salamon (Oxford University Press, 2014). Both books are available for purchase from Amazon or Oxford University Press.
- Measuring the Economic Value of Volunteer Work Globally - Concepts, Estimates, and a Roadmap to the Future (2011)
Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics Vol. 82, No. 3 | Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Megan Haddock.
Explores alternative approaches for measuring the economic value of volunteer work, develops a methodology for producing global estimates of this value using existing data sources, and identifies a new data source that promises to yield significantly improved data on which to base such estimates in the future at both the global and national levels. Different approaches to valuation, including the replacement cost, opportunity cost, and social benefits approaches and both observed and reported market proxies, are examined. The article concludes by discussing the International Labour Organization Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work that adopts the basic method for defining and valuing volunteer work outlined here and promises to generate a much more robust and coherent body of data on volunteer work than has ever been available both globally and nationally. The Center is grateful to the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics for granting permission to post this article.
- Nonprofit Values - Productive
This infographic is part of a series examining the seven nonprofit values arising from the Listening Post Project's Nonprofit Values Survey. The findings of that survey are discussed in-depth in the report "What Do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the nonprofit value commitment." Further materials relating to these values and the overall nonprofit renewal strategy can be found here.
- Nonprofit Works 3.0 Flyer (2021)
This is the flyer for Nonprofit Works, the Center's interactive database of U.S. nonprofit employment, establishments, and wages.
- Of Market Failure, Voluntary Failure, and Third-Party Government: Toward a Theory of Government-Nonprofit Relations in the Modern Welfare State
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 1987 Vol. 16 | Lester M. Salamon.
This article argues that neglect of government-nonprofit ties is less the product of a lack of research than of important weaknesses in theory. Both the theory of the welfare state and the theory of the voluntary sector, moreover, are deficient. To overcome these weaknesses, the article advances an alternative theoretical formulation that replaces the prevailing conception of the welfare state with the concept of "third-party government," and replaces the "market failure-government failure" theory of the voluntary sector with a theory built around the concept of "voluntary failure" instead.
- Philanthropication thru Privatization, Alliance Magazine 12.2013
Alliance Magazine, December 2013 | Lester M. Salamon.
This article describes the Philanthropication through Privatization (PtP) project. This article was originally published in the December 2013 issue of Alliance magazine. The original article can be found here. Click here for more information about subscribing to Alliance.
- Putting Civil Society on the Economic Map of the World (2010)
Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics Vol. 81, No. 2 | Lester M. Salamon.
This paper provides an overview of a series of steps that have been taken by the Center over the past 20 years in cooperation with colleagues around the world and with officials in the United Nations Statistics Division and the International Labour Organization to bring measurement of the civil society sector into national economic statistics, culminating in the issuance and initial implementation of the United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts and the International Labour Organization Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work. The Center is grateful to the Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics for granting permission to post this article.
- Putting Nonprofit Institutions on the Economic Map of the World: A Progress Report (2006)
System of National Accounts News & Notes #23 | Lester M. Salamon. Progress report on the implementation of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. Published in SNA News & Notes in December 2006.
- Reality Testing: An Interview with Lester Salamon (Symphony Magazine, 2009)
Symphony Magazine | February 2009.
This interview with Center Director Lester Salamon from Symphony Magazine January - February 2009, discusses ways that nonprofit organizations can demonstrate their public value in light of increasing scrutiny and dwindling funding opportunities. The Center is grateful to Symphony Magazine for allowing us to post this piece.
- Seizing the Day: Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis (Nonprofit Quarterly, 2009)
Nonprofit Quarterly | Winter 2009.
This interview with Center Director Lester Salamon from Nonprofit Quarterly Winter 2009, discusses the impact of changes in the funding environment over the past decade, the need for nonprofits to increase access to investment capital and to engage in lobbying and advocacy, and ways for the nonprofit sector to cope with and thrive during the economic downturn. The Center is grateful to Nonprofit Quarterly for allowing us to post this piece.
- The Revolution on the Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment, Philanthropy Impact (Spring 2014)
Philanthropy Impact Magazine: 5 – SPRING 2014 | Lester M. Salamon.
In this article, published March 2014, Center Director Lester Salamon discusses some of the innovations and developments taking place in philanthropy and social investing. The full issue of Philanthropy Impact can be found here.
- What Nonprofit Wage Deficit? (2002)
The Nonprofit Quarterly, pp. 61-62, Winter 2002 | Lester M. Salamon.
Compares nonprofit and for-profit wages in industries in which both sectors are significantly engaged. The result is that the real culprit in the apparent wage disparity is industry mix, not nonprofit status. Nonprofit workers actually have higher average wages than for-profit workers in industries in which both are extensively engaged.
- What Would Google Do? Designing Appropriate Social Impact Measurement Systems (2011)
Community Development Investment Review Vol. 7, Issue 2 | Lester M. Salamon.
Enormous progress is being made in the design of metrics to assess the consequences of social interventions. this article discusses four considerations that could be given greater salience in the design of social impact measurement system. The Center is grateful to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for making this article available.
- Where Should All the Stolen Money Go? (TWFR, March/April 2020)
The World Financial Review, March/April 2020 | Lester M. Salamon. Published in the March/April issue of The World Financial Review, this article by Center Director Dr. Lester Salamon notes that past experience with the return of stolen assets to governments has too often led to disappointing results and urges consideration instead of applying the PtP concept, which calls for the placement of such assets into carefully structured, private charitable foundations as exemplified in the BOTA Foundation in Kazakhstan and many other foundations around the world.
- [Journal Article] Nonprofit Organizations: New Insights from QCEW Data (2005)
Monthly Labor Review, pp. 19-26, September, 2005 | Lester M. Salamon and S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
The purpose of this article is to describe an effort, which is under way with the assistance of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to separate out the nonprofit employment within the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data and analyze it. The article explains why employment is such a useful prism through which to view the nonprofit sector, then describes the procedure being used to identify the nonprofit firms in the QCEW data, and reports on some of the principal findings that have emerged so far from the application of this procedure.
- [Journal Article] Putting Civil Society on the Economic Map of the World (2006)
OECD Statistics Newsletter, February 2006 | Lester M. Salamon.
Progress Report #2 on the implementation of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, published in the OECD Statistics Newsletter, February 2006.
- [News Article] Interview: Putting the Nonprofit Sector and Volunteering on the Economic Map (UN Chronicle, 2006)
United Nations Chronicle | December 2006.
This interview with Center Director Lester Salamon from the UN Chronicle December 2006- February 2007, discusses the Center's efforts through the UN Nonprofit Handbook Project to highlight the nonprofit sector and volunteering in official economic statistics.
- [News Release] A “win-win” solution for transforming the philanthropic landscape of the world (2014)
1 October 2014.
Announces the release of Philanthropication thru Privatization: Building Permanent Endowments for the Common Good .
- [News Release] Announcing the 3rd Edition of America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer (2012)
News release | 28 June 2012.
Announces the release by the Foundation Center of the third edition of Lester M. Salamon's America's Nonprofit Sector: A Primer.
- [News Release] Billions in Nonprofit Projects Halted by Credit Crisis: Johns Hopkins researchers estimate $166 billion in infrastructure projects delayed nationwide (2009)
News release | 17 February 2009.
Announces the release of the Listening Post Project's report "'Shovel-Ready' but Stalled: Nonprofit Infrastructure Projects Ready for Economic Recovery Support" and provides some summary findings.