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Measuring the Impact of the Nonprofit Sector by Patrice Flynn, Virginia A. Hodgkinson

By Patrice Flynn, Virginia A. Hodgkinson

One of the key initiatives dealing with researchers, practitioners, and funders is the advance of empirical instruments to degree the inherent worthy of nonprofit organisations in addition to the field as a complete. well known students current chapters at the state-of-the-art of functionality size within the nonprofit region and search to set up a framework for a long term examine schedule to spot, quantify, and self-assess these features that make the nonprofit region unique.

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In these situations, often the case with nonprofit organizations operating in institutional environments, the use of process and structural "proxy" measures dominates (Scott, 1987). This complication is addressed more fuHy below. Added Complications in Nonprofit Organizations Even though the lines dividing for-profit and nonprofit organizations are blurring with regard to performance measures (Kanter &: Summers, 1987), measuring the performance of nonprofit organizations is more difficult because of their nonmarket quality and mission-driven services.

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