1st Edition

Non-Profit Organizations Real Issues for Public Administrators

    296 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Packed with case studies and ripped-from-the-headlines examples, Non-Profit Organizations: Real Issues for Public Administrators introduces critical issues commonly encountered when managing non-profit organizations and gives you the tools to develop policies and procedures to meet the challenges that arise when these issues occur. The authors use the case study methodology to explore decision-making issues and provide potential solutions. It provides an applied framework to use when managing a non-profit organization.

    The book provides case studies that range from unethical behavior to poor operational decisions to illegal activities in non-profit organizations. The authors discuss the events in phases and then identify what issues should concern the administrator and potential solutions to each phase of a case study. In addition, many of the case studies address more than one issue that threatened an organization’s finances and its credibility to its stakeholders and the public.

    Using the information in this book, you can create a checklist of issues that will help you and your organization avoid scandals or alleged criminal activity, and better defuse fallout if an incident occurs. It gives you a "safe" environment in which to "live" through a case study without suffering the consequences of lost resources, assets, or worse, public trust, for your organization in reality.

    Basic Concepts and Issues of Nonprofit Organizations
    What Is a Nonprofit Organization?
    History of Nonprofit Organizations in the United States
    Recorded Policies and Procedures
    Proper Documentation for 501(c)(3) Status
    Controls over Financing
    Organizational Framework
    Membership and Client Documentation
    Recruitment/Marketing Drives
    Infrastructure Needs
    Size of a Nonprofit Organization
    Appointed Positions
    Financial Reserves
    Conference Planning
    Controls over Personnel
    Public Relations Issues
    Boy Scouts of America — Atheist Court Case — 1990
    Boy Scouts of America — Gay Scoutmaster Court Case — 2000
    Alcoholic Anonymous — Midtown AA Scandal — 2007
    United Network for Organ Sharing — Falsifying Lists of Patients
    Needing Organs — 2008
    World Health Organization — Vaccine Scandal — 2009
    Susan G. Komen for the Cure — Planned Parenthood — 2011
    Lance Armstrong Investigated by Federal Prosecutors — Public Relations Damage — 2011
    Mismanagement of Funds and Embezzlement
    American Cancer Society — Embezzlement — 2000 and 1980s
    United Way — Misuse of Funds by Executives — 1992
    NAACP — Misuse of Funds Question — William F. Gibson —1995
    American Red Cross — Hurricane Katrina — 2005
    Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club — 2005
    Oral Roberts University Scandal — Ethical/Financial Corruption — 2007
    TOEIC Scandal in Japan — Nepotism, Mismanagement of Funds — 2009
    Republican National Committee — Misuse of Funds — 2010
    Criminal or Unethical Acts on Nonprofit Organizations
    Jimmy Hoffa — Corruption of Unions — 1970s
    Tailhook Association — Alleged Sexual Harassment and Molestation — 1991
    New Life Children’s Refuge — Child Adoption Scandal during the Haiti Earthquake — 2010
    Second Mile — Sexual Predator — Penn State University —2011
    ACORN — Voter Fraud — 2011
    Catholic Church — Sex Abuse Scandal — Ongoing
    Illegal Business Transact Ions and Financial Fraud in Nonprofits
    LDS Church — Buying Document Scandal — 1981–1987
    Gandhi Memorial International Foundation — Fraud
    United Nations Oil-for-Food Scandal — 1996
    Tampa Bay Lowry Park Zoo — Salisbury Scandal — 2008
    The Bernie Madoff Scandal — 2008
    Renewing American Leadership — Gingrich Nonprofit Organization Paying to His For-Profit — 2011
    Bribery in Nonprofit Organizations
    International Olympic Committee — Bribe for Location —1998
    Fiesta Bowl Scandal — Bride for Seeding — 2010
    Election Fraud in Nonprofit Organizations
    LULAC — Alleged Election Scandal/Public Funds
    North Carolina Democratic Party — Election Scandal — 2012
    Government Act ions against Nonprofit Organizations
    Greenpeace — Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior by French Government — 1985
    What Do We Take Away from These Case Studies?


    Nicolas A. Valcik currently works as the Director for Institutional Research and as a Research Associate Professor in the Eberly School of Arts and Science – Public Administration department at West Virginia University. Formerly Nicolas was an Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis for the University of Texas at Dallas and served as a clinical assistant professor for Public Affairs for the University of Texas at Dallas. Nicolas received a doctorate degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2005, a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1996, a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994, and an associate’s degree in political science from Collin County Community College in 1994.

    Prior to 1997 Nicolas worked for a number of municipalities, across different of departments, as well as for Nortel. In 2013 Nicolas authored Hazardous Materials Compliance for Public Research Organizations: A Case Study and in 2012 Nicolas co-authored with Paul E. Tracy Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management, both books were published by Taylor and Francis. In 2011 Nicolas co-authored with Ted Benavides Practical Human Resources Management for Public Managers: A Case Study Approach published by Taylor and Francis. Prior to 2011 Nicolas authored Regulating the Use of Biological Hazardous Materials in Universities: Complying with the New Federal Guidelines, which was published by Mellen Press in 2006. Nicolas has served as editor for three volumes of New Directions for Institutional Research (Volumes 135, 140, 146 and co-edited 156) in addition to writing numerous articles and book chapters on institutional research topics and homeland security issues. Nicolas specializes in several areas as both a researcher and a practitioner: higher education, information technology, human resources, homeland security, organizational behavior, and emergency management.