3rd Edition

Nonprofit Organizations Theory, Management, Policy

By Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler Copyright 2023
    622 Pages 50 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    622 Pages 50 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this new edition of the popular textbook, Nonprofit Organizations: Theory, Management, Policy, Helmut K. Anheier and Stefan Toepler have fully updated, revised, and expanded this comprehensive introduction to a growing field. The text takes on an international and comparative perspective, detailing the background and concepts and examining relevant theories and central issues.

    Anheier and Toepler cover the full range of nonprofit organizations—service providers, membership organizations, foundations, community groups—in different fields, such as arts and culture, health and social services, and education. Introducing central terms such as philanthropy, charity, social entrepreneurship, social investment, and civil society, they explain how the field relates to public management and administration.

    This textbook is systematic in its approach to theories, management, and policy. The first edition won the Best Book Award at the American Academy of Management in 2006, and this new edition will continue to match the growing demand for academic teaching. Nonprofit Organizations: Theory, Management, Policy is an ideal resource for students of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

    Part I – Studying Nonprofit Organizations

    1. Studying Nonprofit Organizations

    2. Historical Background

    3. Concepts

    4. Dimensions

    Part II – Approaches

    5. Theories of Nonprofit Organizations

    6. Approaches to Giving and Philanthropy

    7. Studying Civic Engagement and Volunteering

    8. Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

    Part III – Organization and Management

    9. Organizational Behavior and Performance

    10. Management Approaches and Tools

    11. Financing Nonprofit Organizations

    12. Governance

    13. Leadership and Human Resources

    14. Marketing, Communication, and Social Media

    15. Collaboration

    Part IV – Policy and Current Developments

    6. State–Nonprofit Relations

    17. Advocacy and Lobbying

    18. Longer-Term Developments and Current Trends


    Helmut K. Anheier is Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School, Germany, and faculty member of the Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Stefan Toepler is Professor of Nonprofit Studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, Virginia.

    Praise for previous editions of Nonprofit Organizations:

    "An invaluable resource for students, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners. No other source so effectively conveys complex ideas with such pellucid prose, no other volume so seamlessly integrates a crucial international perspective into this topic—and no one but Professor Anheier has the experience, overview, and wisdom to produce a volume of this scope and quality." Paul DiMaggio, Professor of Sociology, Princeton University, USA

    "The clear international leader in its field." Martin Knapp, Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, London School of Economics, UK

    "The indispensable text for both graduate and undergraduate courses on the organization of the nonprofit sector." Stanley N. Katz, Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, USA

    "Comprehensive, grounded in theory and data, with historical and comparative perspectives, this book is useful to practitioners as well as students and scholars throughout the world." Leslie Lenkowsky, Professor Emeritus in Public Affairs and Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University, USA

    "The book lucidly examines key management and policy issues facing nonprofit organizations around the world … [A] valuable resource for classroom use, researchers, and nonprofit staff and volunteers." Steven Rathgeb Smith, Executive Director, American Political Science Association