Nonprofit Management and Leadership

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Edited By: Duncan Neuhauser

Impact Factor: 0.346

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 38/46 (Public Administration); 159/172 (Management)

Online ISSN: 1542-7854

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2013 Editors' Prize for Best Scholarly Paper

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The editorial and advisory boards of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Jossey- Bass, and the Case Western Reserve University are pleased to announce that the Editors’ Prize for Volume 22 has been awarded to Mark A. Hager and Jeffrey L. Brudney for their article “Problems Recruiting Volunteers: Nature versus Nurture.”

In a national (U.S.) study of public charities, Mark Hager and Jeffrey Brudney found that some organizations experience little difficulty recruiting volunteers, while others report substantial problems. They studied which organizations were more likely to report recruitment problems, separating those forces into two camps. One, they labeled nature—organizational conditions that cannot readily be overcome by a management response. The other, they labeled nurture—organizational conditions that volunteer resource managers and other members of the top management team can directly influence as they seek to make their organization more inviting to prospective volunteers. Hager and Brudney found some support for both camps, concluding that managers must be prepared to work with both immutable and malleable conditions when devising strategies for recruiting volunteers whose schedule and skills fit the needs of the organization.

Mark A. Hager is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Studies in the School of Community Resources and Development, Arizona State University.

Jeffrey L. Brudney is the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector at the Department of Public and International Affairs, University of North Carolina Wilmington.

The Editors’ Prize is awarded annually for the best paper published in NML during the preceding subscription year. Winners receive a $1,000 cash prize courtesy of the Case Western Reserve University and $1,000 in books from Jossey-Bass.

Winners are selected by the members of NML’s editorial and advisory boards. Criteria are based on the article’s contribution to knowledge in the field of nonprofit management, the quality of the writing and analysis, and the usefulness of the information for the practice of nonprofit management and leadership.

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