To Profit or Not to Profit
The Commercial Transformation of the Nonprofit Sector
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To Profit or Not to Profit by Burton Allen Weisbrod
Book DescriptionNonprofit organizations are increasingly resembling private firms in a transformation bringing with it a shift in financial dependence from charitable donation to commercial sales activity. This book, first published in 1998, examines the reasons and consequences of the mimicry of private firms by fundraising nonprofits. User fees and revenue from 'ancillary' activities are mushrooming, with each having important side effects: pricing out of the market certain target groups; or distracting the nonprofit from its central mission. The authors focus first on issues that apply to nonprofits generally: the role of competition, analysis of nonprofit organization behavior, the effects of distribution goals and differential taxation of nonprofit and for-profit activity revenue, the effects of changes in donations on commercial activity, and conversions of nonprofits to for-profits. They then turn to specific industries: hospitals, universities, social service providers, zoos, museums, and public broadcasting. The book concludes with recommendations for research and for public policy toward nonprofits.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521785068
(228mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Burton Allen Weisbrod
Mission and Money, Paperback (March 2010)
This book examines the entire higher education industry and includes the rapidly growing for-profit schools.
To Profit or Not to Profit, Hardback (September 1998)
This book, first published in 1998, asks why fundraising nonprofits are mimicking private firms and what consequences this is having.
Nonprofit Economy, Paperback (May 1991)» View all books by Burton Allen Weisbrod
Nonprofit organizations are all around us. Written in a clear, direct style without technicalities, "The Nonprofit Economy" is addressed to a broad audience, dealing comprehensively with what nonprofits do, how well they do it, how they are financed, and how they interact with private enterprises and government.
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