How organizational characteristics affect the adaptive tactics used by human service nonprofit managers confronting financial uncertainty

Jennifer E. Mosley, Matthew P. Maronick, Hagai Katz

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Abstract

The way that nonprofits respond to funding uncertainty is crucial to their ability to meet goals and position themselves for future success. This article investigates how structural, managerial, and financial characteristics affect the adaptive tactics used by human service nonprofits during times of financial stress. These tactics include adding new programs, reducing programs or staff, expanding or starting joint programs, pursuing earned income, and expanding advocacy involvement. Using longitudinal data on human service nonprofits collected on either side of the 2002-2003 economic downtown, we find that larger size provides organizations with a unique ability to choose among different adaptive tactics, as larger size was significantly predictive of adding new programs, reducing programs, expanding advocacy, and pursuing earned income.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-303
Number of pages23
JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Adaptation
  • Human services
  • Nonprofit management
  • Strategic planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management

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