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The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook, Second Edition Hardcover – Nov 1 2006
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I teach a graduate course in the theory and practice of nonprofit management and use this book as one of two main texts.
It starts off with a very detailed look at the history and development of nonprofit organizations, and the explosive growth of the sector in the 20th century. The sections assigned for my class are clear and written by experienced leaders, overall a great overview of the nonprofit sector.
The professor was only assigning a few chapters, which are on reserve as PDFs, but I wanted the added benefit of having the Kindle version - but alas, this book does not have text-to-speech enabled, so I returned it. Also note that it is laid out as the printed book, so does not flow like a regular Kindle book, but that is no serious problem, just a bit of extra zooming and scrolling.
Beginners will benefit from the comprehensive nature of the collection. The broad coverage will serve as a fine map to guide those who are looking for paths to follow into nonprofit sector practice and research. Like an MRI scan, the depth of each chapter will serve as a map of the ever expanding theoretical and practical knowledge base of the contemporary nonprofit sector.
Readers who have some nonprofit sector experience will find themselves turning again and again to the chapters related to their area of research and practice. The experience of re-reading some of the chapters three and four times each allowed me to appreciate the depth of scholarship embedded in the theories and empirical evidence presented on each page. This is the kind of book you'll want to keep nearby, because something of value will be there to meet you at each read.
Experts in the field are going to find a lot here to their liking as well. The scope of the subject matter covers research from so many disciplines that, no matter what your interests are, you'll find something here that relates to your particular field of research. The volume also presents scholars with many well documented glimpses into the state of the art research on the full gamut of nonprofit sector issues.
The creation of a handbook that is broad in scope, deep in research detail, and useful to both beginners and scholars is something to be celebrated by all those involved in the nonprofit sector. Congratulations to those who worked on this project. You have pulled off a most difficult of tasks for the second time.