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Nonprofit Management

Leading Indicators

Team dynamics strongly affect the level of commitment shown by volunteer leaders of nonprofit associations.

 

Lots of nonprofit associations rely on volunteers to fill important leadership roles, and the effort to recruit and retain such leaders raises a pressing question: What motivates people to serve in that capacity—even in the absence of compensation or coercion?

The answer to this question has profound implications for the health of civil society. “Societies that have more people who participate in voluntary organizations have stronger, better-functioning democracies,” says...


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