1st Edition

Rebalancing Public Partnership
Innovative Practice Between Government and Nonprofits from Around the World

ISBN 9781472433688
Published August 14, 2015 by Routledge
210 Pages

USD $89.95

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Book Description

In the US, as in many other Western economies, federal and state government is working to become more involved with the nonprofit sector; a sector in which many of the organizations are singularly ill-prepared and strategically unaligned to fulfill the new role that is being asked of them. Based on his original research, John Brothers brings together leading thought leaders from the United States and around the world by exploring the prevailing attitudes and perceptions of the nonprofit sector towards government and vice versa and provides advice and direction to help both sides of the equation towards effective collaborative working. The main themes cover the nature and implications of regulatory reform on the sector and how non-government organizations should reengineer their practices. There are also chapters on some of the hot button areas of government contracting and political advocacy. The text includes best-practice examples, case studies as well as tools and templates from across the sectors. Both sides of this emerging partnership need fast-track education on each other’s capabilities, constraints and working practice. Dr Brothers’ contributors provide some very valuable perspectives and insights that should inform and direct this process.



John Brothers is the Principal of Quidoo Consulting, a consultancy firm that serves non-profit, philanthropic and government efforts throughout the US and internationally. He has trained or spoken to thousands of employees in all areas of philanthropy, public policy, capacity building and organizational development. Dr. Brothers is an Adjunct Professor in social welfare policy at Rutgers University and teaches nonprofit and philanthropic studies at New York University. He recently served as a Visiting Scholar at the Hauser Centre for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. He is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Nonprofit Management, the Chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and an International Advisor to CO3, an intermediary organization committed to strengthening the third sector in Northern Ireland.


’A perennial question for nonprofits and foundations is how best to interact with, enhance and even transform the work of government in the pursuit of social good. This new resource from Brothers et al. gets to the heart of the complexities as well as the power of relationships between governments and the nonprofit sector in a way that can yield insights for all of our work.’ Kathleen P. Enright, President and CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations ’Some of society’s most important work takes place at the intersection of non-profits and government - from service provision to scientific research to policy innovation. And as our society evolves, so must the relationships between government and non-profits.’ Jacob Harold, President & CEO, GuideStar ’This book examines the relationship between nonprofits and governments, between society and the state, in several countries and reflects on fundamental questions of political and social transformation.’ Elizabeth D. Knup, China Representative, Ford Foundation ’The relationship between governments and non-profits is built on the shifting sands of political and social discourse, yet, making this relationship work is critical in supporting and sustaining resilient communities. This book provides a rare and invaluable international analysis of this important relationship and should be compulsory reading for government and non-profit leaders.’ David Crosbie, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Council for Australia ’As governments at the state and federal level look for ways to strengthen the community and create jobs, one issue is paramount; the need to re-evaluate the role non-profits play in the economy. As major employers and dynamic sources of investment revenue, the time has come to move past the .com/.org divide, and roar into the future as equal partners.’ Robert Egger, President, L.A. Kitchen, USA ’John Brothers does the charitable sector a great favor in undertaking his excellen