Grassroots Associations is a comprehensive review and critique of empirical and theoretical research on grassroots, nonprofit and voluntary organizations.
David Horton Smith examines in depth the distinctive nature and characteristics of a previously under-studied area which includes such groups as Alchoholics Anonymous, community-environmental action committees and church Bible study groups. He addresses: group formation, structure, process, leadership, and life cycle change; effectiveness; the influence such associations have on society; the future of grassroots associations, which he sees as integral to a postmodern society moving towards participatory democracy, self-determinism and individual choice.
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For example , I know of a choral society with a paid music director and a paid half
- time assistant as well as 30 to 40 unpaid singers , a 10 - person volunteer board
, some program volunteers , and so on . This is technically a paidstaff nonprofit ...
... use of Shultz ( 1972 ) , as promoted by various professionals of the Center for a
Voluntary Society ( including its second director , John Dixon , and the first
director , James Shultz ) for which I was the director of research from 1970 to
This field began formally in the United States in 1971 when the Center for a
Voluntary Society provided seed money through grants to Boston College and
part of my paid time as director of research at the center to pursue my idea of ...
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