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    • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly welcomes queries or finished papers that report research on voluntarism, citizen participation, philanthropy, civil society, and nonprofit organizations.

    Internet Sites:

    1. NGOs: Non-Governmental Organizations:

      • Community-Development Organization Internet Sites A web guide to international nongovernment (NGOs) and private voluntary (PVOs) organizations. []

      • The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) ... is an international, interdisciplinary membership organization. Our members include scholars and nonprofit leaders fostering the creation, application and dissemination of research on voluntary action, nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and civil society.

      • NGO/Civil Society webpage! (The World Bank) The Worldbank recognizes the important role that nongovernmental organizations play in meeting the challenges of development and welcomes the opportunity to work with NGOs and civil society. The purpose of this website is to keep NGOs and civil society groups informed about increasing opportunity for interaction with the Bank

      • UN NGO Information "Representatives of independent citizen organizations are increasingly active in policy making at the United Nations. These organizations -- known at the UN as "non-governmental organizations" or "NGOs" -- are often the most effective voices for the concerns of ordinary people in the international arena. NGOs include the most outspoken advocates of human rights, the environment, social programs, women's rights and more. This page links to information and analysis about NGOs at the UN and in global policy-making more broadly."

      • NGO Working Group on the World Bank "Created in 1984, the NGOWG is an independent global forum of NGOs engaged in policy dialogue and advocacy with the World Bank. Its membership encompasses advocacy, operational and support NGOs and NGO networks, with a majority from Southern and transitional countries.... The NGOWG is a policy-oriented constituency focused on development policy. It maintains a critical dialogue with the World Bank about the Bank’s policies and practice."

      • Open Society Institute (Soros) [Soros Foundation Network] The main administrative offices of the Open Society Institute (OSI) are in New York City and Budapest, Hungary. Other offices are located in Brussels, Belgium; Baltimore, Maryland; Paris; and Washington, D.C.
        • International Harm Reduction Development (IHRD) Responding to increasing rates of drug use and HIV infection in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the Open Society Institute (OSI) began the International Harm Reduction Development (IHRD) program in 1995. IHRD is part of OSI's Network Public Health Programs and works in close cooperation with the Drug Policy Alliance.

      • NGOs in Africa

      • Anthony Adair, A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR NGOs -- A NECESSARY REFORM (Working Paper)

    2. Philanthropy

    3. Venture Philanthropy

      • Venture Philanthropy | Definition & History
        Definition: Venture philanthropy refers to the nonprofit sector's application of certain practices used by venture capitalists when investing in new business ideas.
      • Venture Philanthropist Partners ["Investing in Social Change"]
        A sea change in philanthropic giving, an unprecedented wealth creation of the New Economy and an Internet-enabled transformation in organizational effectiveness are converging to create an extraordinary opportunity to work in new and different ways to meet society's most vexing and long-standing social problems.
        The Morino Institute is in partnership with Community Wealth Ventures, Inc. in the research and development of this initiative and will be working with The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region to launch this initiative.
      • Venture Philanthropy: The New Model [Kirsch Foundation]
        "Venture Philanthropy," "social venture philanthropy," "the new philanthropy," "social venturing," and other terms abound in today's discussions, particularly among professionals involved in the high-tech, venture capital and foundation worlds.

    4. Non-Profit Organizations

      • Nonprofit-Resources []

      • Johns Hopkins-led Study Finds Nonprofit Sector is a Burgeoning, Economic Force In the most ambitious study ever of the international nonprofit sector, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project today announced their major findings at an international conference in Turin, Italy. (Nov.8, 1998; see also: Clippings and Literature, below)

        "This is Phase 2 of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project and it brings together data from 22 countries and represents the work of more than 150 researchers, examining the size, scope, financing and role of the nonprofit sector. Phase 1, released four years ago, examined eight countries."

      • Idealist: Action Without Borders (New York) Founded in 1995 and based in New York, Action Without Borders is a nonprofit organization that promotes the sharing of ideas, information and resources to help build a world where all people can live free, dignified and productive lives.
      • Internet Nonprofit Center [] Effective at the end of 1998, The Evergreen State Society of Seattle, Washington, has become the parent organization for the Internet Nonprofit Center. You can learn more about the Society's work by visiting
      • Nonprofits in Washington: A Report and Recommendations for the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development by Putnam Barber, THE EVERGREEN STATE SOCIETY [June 15, 1994]
        "Nonprofits in Washington" offers 'new information shedding light on a subject that gets too little attention. Others convey insights from scholars and observers who have contributed to a large body of literature on related subjects.'

      • The Washington State Neighborhood Networks Consortium []
        The Washington State Neighborhood Networks Consortium (NNC) is an alliance of private and public sector groups formed for the express purpose of combining talents, resources, and energies to promote the development and long-term sustainability of Neighborhood Networks Centers and Computer Learning Centers in our Region."

      • The Evergreen State Society The Evergreen State Society strengthens healthy communities by fostering nonprofits and informal organizations. It is a civic organization incorporated in Washington state.
      • The Nonprofits' Policy & Technology Project (NPT) ... is OMB Watch's three-year initiative to improve communications linkages within the nonprofit sector in order to strengthen public policy participation.
      • Grantmakers-Association

      • The Foundation Center [Site Map] "... is an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956. The Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. The audiences that call on the Center's resources include grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public."
        • Establishing a Nonprofit Organization [] "Grantmakers for Effective Organizations ... defines an effective nonprofit as one that has "the ability to fulfill its mission through a blend of sound management, strong governance, and a persistent rededication to achieving results." Establishing a nonprofit organization requires a full understanding of the key characteristics that will be important to future funders. They include a vital mission, clear lines of accountability, adequate facilities, reliable and diverse revenue streams, and high-quality programs and services." (11/02)
        • The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 2nd Edition (Abstract + Order) Written for the Foundation Center by Jane C. Geever and Patricia McNeill, two professional fundraisers who have themselves been creating successful proposals for more than 25 years, the new 2nd Edition of the Guide offers the kind of practical instruction that you will find in no other source. Recommended for nonprofit management programs and universities.
          February 1997 / ISBN 0-87954-703-0 / 191 pp. / $34.95 / Order Code: GPW2

      • Seattle Nonprofit Agencies
      • OMB Watch is a nonprofit research, educational, and advocacy organization that focuses on budget issues, regulatory policy, nonprofit advocacy, access to government information, and activities at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
        • RTK NET, a network providing free access to databases, documents, and conferences on the environment, housing, and sustainable development. From information on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects; analyze reinvestment by banks in their communities; and assess the people and communities affected.
      • Foodchain: The National Food-Rescue Network is comprised of 136 programs that collect surplus prepared and perishable food from foodservice establishments and distribute it to agencies that serve people in need.

      • Global Partnerships ...was formed in 1994 by Bill and Paula Clapp to support and advance sustainable solutions to poverty.

      • Casey Family Program "In 1966, Jim Casey, a founder of United Parcel Service, created The Casey Family Program as a way to reach out to (foster) children....Today, this private operating foundation serves more than 1,300 children and youth in 23 communities across 13 states. A child or youth generally is referred to Casey by a state agency or court..."

      • Washington Commission for the Humanities is dedicated to improving individual and community life through public programs that interpret culture and provide a forum for civic dialogue.

        PORT [An online magazine for the humanities]

      • The Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), ....a non-profit organization, has been involved for the past decade with the deployment and integration of appropriate networking technology in various projects throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Oceania.
      • Sweatshop Watch a coalition of labor, community, civil rights, immigrant rights, women's, religious & student organizations, and individuals committed to eliminating sweatshop conditions in the global garment industry. We believe that workers should be earning a living wage in a safe and decent working environment, and that those who benefit the most from the exploitation of sweatshop workers must be held accountable.

    5. Non-Profits and Information Technology:

      • Nonprofits & Technology newspaper []
      • Community Technology Centers
      • Community Technology Centers [Office of Vocational and Adult Education]
      • The Center for Excellence in Nonprofits [] Its guide is called "Wired for Good: Technology Guidebook for Nonprofits." The 114-page book addresses issues such as the potential benefits of various technology applications, making good decisions about technology needs, asking informed questions of potential vendors and the time, money, and people necessary to plan, implement, and use appropriate technology. The book is available for $25 plus $3.20 shipping and handling by calling (408) 294-2300.
      • NetCorps [Eugene, Oregon] "In the spirit of volunteerism and activist internship programs like the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps and to earn more of their will allow executive directors, board members, will allow executive directors, board members,, NetCorps provides internship opportunities to young adults who want to make a real difference in the world. NetCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to address the shift in how grassroots organizations communicate, educate, and effectuate progressive social change."

    6. Virtual Nonprofit Pages:


    • Crumbling Support for Colleges The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2002; By JOHN PULLEY [requires password] Private foundations and institutions of higher education, once seen as inseparably intertwined, are drifting apart.

    • Job Market: Tech has a meaningful twist when it's done at nonprofits Seattle Times, Sunday, January 13, 2002 By Victor Godinez The Dallas Morning News The nonprofit sector is a mixed bag when it comes to high-tech-job opportunities, ... The constant, though, is that tech workers looking for jobs in the nonprofit sector will be paid less and will work harder. And organizations that are hiring are doing so cautiously.

    • Nonprofits win in midlife search for meaningful job; Seattle Times, Sunday, December 16, 2001 By Jilian Mincer Knight Ridder Newspapers Most executives of nonprofits are well-educated white women, according to a CompassPoint study. Most had previous management experience in either business or government. "The No. 1 reason people take these jobs is that they are committed to the mission of the organization," said Tim Wolfred, director of executive leadership services at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, a San Francisco consulting group.

    • United Way changing its community focus Seattle Times, March 02, 2001 EVERETT - Quick, define United Way. What? You think it's just an umbrella fund-raising organization? United Way of Snohomish County hopes to change that perception during its 2001 campaign to combat a national trend of declining donations.

    • Nonprofit donations shrink; with tech stocks down, times may be tougher Seattle Times, February 25, 2001, by Carol M. Ostrom When the tech-stock tumble turned into a free fall last year, many of Seattle's nonprofits braced for the worst. Over the past few years, they have grown and prospered as local givers flush with Wall Street-generated wealth bestowed beneficence upon them... But then came the crash, and a bubbling sound as high-tech stocks and stock options plunged underwater. Suddenly, once-flush donors began to recalculate just how much "spare change" they could really spare.

    • Gifts to charities up again this year Seattle Times, December 10, 2000, by David Crary NEW YORK - The markets are erratic, the economy is slowing. But America's charities say donors generally are maintaining and even exceeding the pace of last year's record-setting generosity.

    • Good intentions don't pay the bills Seattle Times, October 20, 2000 By Tricia Duryee
      After struggling to break even and donating $24,000 of his own money to local charities, Jeff Reifman is closing Habitat Espresso, the Capitol Hill cafe he had hoped would help fund philanthropic organizations with its profits. Reifman, an ex-Microsoft program manager, started Habitat Espresso in November 1997. He planned to donate half his profits to charities and the other half to a fund for new nonprofit agencies. But the cafe never broke even.
    • Gates foundation focuses on Washington schools, then the nation and the world, Seattle Times, September 12, 1999, by Jolayne Houtz
      from this understated office on Seattle's Eastlake Avenue, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, newly minted as the nation's largest philanthropy with $17.1 billion in assets, is about to embark on an extraordinary project: the transformation of the nation's schools - starting with Washington state.

    • "Nonprofit Groups Gaining in Power," Seattle Times, Nov. 8, 1998, p.A11 (not online as of Nov.9) and "NGO organizations booming" (same page); [Johns Hopkins Univ. study]

    • Nonprofit groups tap into the Web Seattle Times, Sunday, July 12, 1998 by Barbara Feder
      Charities and other nonprofit groups increasingly are turning to cyberspace to raise money, using the techniques of electronic commerce to accept online credit-card donations and conduct upscale auctions over the Internet.

    • Rewards can be greater in nonprofit work, Seattle Times, June 30, 1997 by Perry Brothers, Cincinnati Enquirer
      From 1984 to 1991, Christmon, 36, followed his for-profit ambitions, working his way up in AT&T to a management spot in technical support. In April 1991, Christmon was laid off in a downsizing wave. When his father, Henry Christmon, then the director of the nonprofit Citizen's Committee on Youth, suggested he try the nonprofit field, the younger Christmon was skeptical. But he was hired as an assistant director at the center in July 1991.


    Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly [University of Washington, School of Public Affairs]

    Bordt, Rebecca l., The Structure of Women's Nonprofit Organizations. Indiana Univ. Press 1997. [HD62.6.B47.1997]

    Commins, S., "NGOs and Food Security" in: Scaling Up and Scaling Down for Food Security, Marcione (ed.), 1998.

    Courtright, Patty. NetCorps harnesses student power to deliver nonprofit tech help: Group trains college students for work in sector. Philanthropy Journal On-Line, April 29, 1999.

    Drucker, Peter. The Five Most Important Questions you will ever ask about your Nonprofit Organization (Participant's Workbook) Jossey-Bass San Francisco 1993. [HD62.6.D777.1993]

    Heinze, Rolf G. and Christoph Struenck, Social Service Delivery by Private and Voluntary Organizations in Germany, in: Wollmann, Hellmut and Eckhard Schroeter, eds., Comparing Public Sector Reform in Britain and Germany: Key Traditions and Trends of Modernisation. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000, Ch.14, pp.284ff. [JF1525.O73.C67.2000]

    Hummel, Joan M. Starting and Running a Nonprofit Organization. 2nd ed., Univ. of Missesota Press 1996. [HD62.6.H85.1996]

    Munday, Brian. Privatisation of Social Services in the United Kingdom, in: Wollmann, Hellmut and Eckhard Schroeter, eds., Comparing Public Sector Reform in Britain and Germany: Key Traditions and Trends of Modernisation. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000, ch.13, pp.264. [JF1525.O73.C67.2000]

    Michael E Porter; Mark R Kramer; Philanthropy's new agenda: Creating value Harvard Business Review; Boston; Nov/Dec 1999;

    Rifkin, The End of Work

    The Emerging Sector: An Overview, by Lester M. Salamon and Helmut K. Anheier senior staff and donors to discuss the leaders senior staff and donors to discuss the leaders (Manchester University Press, 1996). [Johns Hopkins University Nonprofit Sector Project]

    Salamon, Lester M. Partners in public service : government-nonprofit relations in the modern welfare state. Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1995. Includes bibliographical references (p. [287]-300) and index. HD62.6 .S34 1995]

    Smith, Bucklin & Assoc nonprofit organizations to become more business nonprofit organizations to become more business . The Complete Guide to Nonprofit Management. Wiley 1994. [HD62.6.C66.1994]

    Smith, David Horton, Grassroots Associations. Sage Publ. 2000 [HN55.S54.2000]

    Sooryamoorthy, R. and K.D.Gangrade. NOGs in India: A Cross-Sectional Study. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2001 [HC435.S713.2001/Suzz]

    Wolpert, Julian. We Can Take Care of Our Own...Or Can We? [The Century Foundation formerly the Twentieth Century Fund (Policy in Perspective)] 1998?

    Arguing that giving more responsibility for social programs to the states and less to Congress and the president will not shred the safety net, Sen. Robert Packwood of Oregon said recently: "For us to presume that they're Scrooges and we're Midases is wrong!"

    Wolpert, Julian "What Charity Can and Cannot Do" (New York: Twentieth Century Fund Press, 1996 []).

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