How nonprofit human service organizations manage their funding sources: Key findings and policy implications


  • Kirsten A. Gronbjerg

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    • Kirsten A. Gronbjerg is professor of sociology at Loyola University of Chicago. Her primary interests center on public and private human services. She has authored a number of book, articles, and reports on American welfare policies and the nonprofit sector.


Major findings and policy implications on how nonprofit social service organizations manage their funding relations are summarized. Data from in-depth case studies of six medium-sized social service organizations with distinctive funding profiles yielded findings on the major contingencies associated with controlling fees, the volatility of donations, and the driving force of public funding. The article examines the implications of these diverse funding relationships for funders (public and private), nonprofit managers, and the role of nonprofit organizations.