Policy lessons for strengthening nonprofits

O'Donoghue, Philip, McGregor-Lowndes, Myles, & Lyons, Mark W. (2006) Policy lessons for strengthening nonprofits. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 41(4), pp. 511-524.


Those who develop or influence Australian public policy impacting on the nonprofit sector rarely have adequate empirical research upon which to base their judgments. Giving Australia research evidence relevant to strengthening giving and volunteering is brought together in this article to inform policy options for government, nonprofit and philanthropic entities. It begins with consideration of research findings related to the capacity of those that give or volunteer and the implications these findings have for policy. Three key criteria are developed for assessing policies to strengthening giving and volunteering, behaviours that primarily assist nonprofit organisations – policies that build trust between those that give and the recipients of their gifts, policies that strengthen affiliation and policies that encourage planned giving.

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ID Code: 6395
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, public policy
ISSN: 0157-6321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS)
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2017 20:01

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