This volume explores the world of grassroots organizations and outlines their history while differentiating them from the more familiar paid-staff nonprofit organizations. David Horton Smith, a leading scholar on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, examines the available empirical research on the topic and analyzes the theoretical concepts that have come to define such associations. He affords the reader a complete, detailed description of the nature and characteristics of grassroots organizations, their formation, structure, leadership, life cycle, effectiveness, and their integral role in postmodern societies.
... formal nonprofit groups that use the associational form or structure, that are volunteer run and composed essentially of volunteers as analytical ...
... these promote “flat-earth maps” of the nonprofit sector, ignoring everything except paid-staff, formal, incorporated public benefit nonprofits.
most important to ask and answer about GAs as groups and sometimes organizations (formal groups). I weave together a quarter-century of hitherto widely ...
Chonaikai or formal neighborhood organizations (GAs) in Tokyo collect dues from most residents and arrange many local activities as well as helping to ...
... significantly autonomous, volunteer-run, formal nonprofit (i.e., voluntary) groups that manifest substantial voluntary altruism as groups and use the ...
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Part III Theoretical Paradigms and Conclusions
Chapter 10 FlatEarth Paradigms and a RoundEarth Paradigm Outline
The Advent of Homo Voluntas
Description of the Largely North American Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Creating a Local Nonprofit Sampling Frame Including Grassroots Associations An American Example
Methodology of the Smith OneSuburb Study
Chapter 6 Internal Processes
Chapter 7 Leaders and Environments
Chapter 8 Life Cycle Changes
Chapter 9 Impact and Effectiveness
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