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Voluntary Regulation of NGOs and Nonprofits : An Accountability Club Framework - Mary Kay Gugerty

Voluntary Regulation of NGOs and Nonprofits

An Accountability Club Framework

By: Mary Kay Gugerty (Editor), Aseem Prakash (Editor)


Published: 8th November 2010
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How can nonprofit organizations and NGOs demonstrate accountability to stakeholders and show that they are using funds appropriately and delivering on their promises? Many nonprofit stakeholders, including funders and regulators, have few opportunities to observe nonprofit internal management and policies. Such information deficits make it difficult for 'principals' to differentiate credible nonprofits from less credible ones. This volume examines a key instrument employed by nonprofits to respond to these challenges: voluntary accountability clubs. These clubs are voluntary, rule-based governance systems created and sponsored by nongovernmental actors. By participating in accountability clubs, nonprofits agree to abide by certain rules regarding internal governance in order to send a signal of quality to key principals. Nonprofit voluntary programs are relatively new but are spreading rapidly across the globe. This book investigates how the emergence, design, and success of such initiatives vary across a range of sectors and institutional contexts in the United States, the Netherlands, Africa, and Central Europe.

'This important volume is a detailed and sophisticated exploration of an increasingly important topic in the nonprofit and philanthropic world: the role of accountability and self-regulation. The pressures for nonprofit and philanthropic accountability are growing, and voluntary regulation is a key means to fulfil that imperative. This book will be crucial for scholars, students, policymakers and others in understanding these accelerating demands on the nonprofit sector and the role that self-regulation can play.' Mark Sidel, International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) and University of Iowa

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. x
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
The Club framework
Voluntary regulation of NGOs and nonprofits: an introduction to the club frameworkp. 3
Club emergence
Filling the gaps in nonprofit accountability: applying the club perspective in the US legal systemp. 41
Trends and patterns in third-party accreditation clubsp. 64
Self-regulation at the state level: nonprofit membership associations and club emergencep. 85
Club sponsorship and club design
Nonprofit infrastructure associations as reluctant clubsp. 101
Foundation accountability clubs and the search for philanthropic standardsp. 125
Do self-regulation clubs work? Some evidence from Europe and some caveats from economic theoryp. 152
NGO accountability clubs in the humanitarian sector: social dimensions of club emergence and designp. 169
Club design and effectiveness
The impact of sponsorship on club standards and designp. 203
The emergence and design of NGO clubs in Africap. 228
The benefits of accreditation clubs for fundraising nonprofitsp. 253
Future research and conclusions
Conclusions: nonprofit accountability clubsp. 283
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780521763141
ISBN-10: 0521763142
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 8th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66