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.
Contents Key Abbreviations in This Book ix Foreword X Preface xiii PART I: TOWARD AROUND-EARTH PARADIGM FOR THE VOLUNTARY NONPROFITSECTOR Introduction 3 ...
VGs = voluntary groups, which are nonprofit groups or any type, whether GAs or based on paid staff, and whether local, national, or international in scope.
David Horton Smith has studied and written about voluntary associations for more than 30 years. He founded the principal scholarly group (the Association ...
Nor is he totally satisfied with the work of the organization and journal he ... from many academic disciplines and professions, on voluntary associations.
All are what many sociologists for decades have called voluntary associations. I choose to call them grassroots associations (GAs) to emphasize that I am ...
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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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