18. Sustaining Social Sector Organizations

  1. D. Douglas Caulkins2 and
  2. Ann T. Jordan3
  1. Joan A. Tucker1 and
  2. D. Douglas Caulkins2

Published Online: 2 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch18

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

A Companion to Organizational Anthropology

How to Cite

Tucker, J. A. and Caulkins, D. D. (2012) Sustaining Social Sector Organizations, in A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (eds D. D. Caulkins and A. T. Jordan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118325513.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

  2. 3

    University of North Texas, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of South Florida, USA

  2. 2

    Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 29 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199827

Online ISBN: 9781118325513



  • Combined Disabilities Association (CDA);
  • funding sustainability;
  • nongovernmental organizations (NGOs);
  • personnel sustainability;
  • social sector organizations;
  • strategic planning;
  • sustainable programming


This chapter discusses the sustainability problems of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or social sector organizations as they address local needs, using two case studies, one in Jamaica and the second, a composite case study of anthropology departments in small liberal arts colleges in the United States. The chapter starts by reviewing a case study of the sustainability challenges for the Combined Disabilities Association (CDA), a disability rights NGO established and operated by people with disabilities (PWDs) in Jamaica. The chapter turns to a discussion of the four major sustainability concerns: strategic, funding, program, and personnel. It ends with a discussion of Collin's Good to Great framework consisting of four stages: disciplined people, disciplined thought, disciplined action of creating a focused culture and momentum, and building the brand and further progress. The framework draws attention to the differences between sustainability problems encountered by businesses and by NGOs and other social sector organizations.