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Nonprofits

A Field of Its Own

After many years of operating on others' academic turf, nonprofit studies is ready to claim new ground.

 

In 1990, Peter Drucker asserted that “nonprofit institutions are central to American society and are indeed its most distinguishing feature.” Since then, as if to amplify Drucker’s point, the academic study of the nonprofit sector has grown at an impressive rate. When Drucker made his observation, there were an estimated 19 US-based programs that offered training related to the nonprofit sector. In 2012, by one count, the number of US colleges and universities that offered such training...


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