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The Resilient Sector: The State of Nonprofit America Paperback – 30 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (30 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815776799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815776796
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.7 x 23.4 cm
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" "The Resilient Sector" is well-researched, thought-provoking, a seminal work of articulate scholarship and very highly recommended reading for anyone involved with or donating to charitable, political, social issue, or religious non-profit organizations whether they are local, regional, or national." -- "Library Bookwatch", 1/1/2004

"[ "The Resilient Sector"] provides an updated overview of the sector for a primarily non-academic audience of nonprofit practitioners, policymakers, the press, and the general public....The result is a concise volume that attests to the scope, significance, and determination of America's nonprofits." -- "NVSQ Book News", 1/1/2004

"Salamon's book remains a useful and clearly written review of the main policy and practice dilemmas facing service-delivery agencies in the USA." --Duncan Scott, University of Manchester, "Social Policy", 10/15/2004


Like the arteries of a living organism, nonprofit organizations carry a life force that has long been a centrepiece of American culture - a faith in the capacity of individual action to improve the quality of human life. They embody two seemingly contradictory impulses at the heart of American character: a deep-seated commitment to freedom and individual initiative and an equally fundamental realization that people live in communities and consequently have responsibilities that extend beyond themselves. Uniquely among American institutions, those in the nonprofit sector blend these competing impulses, creating a special class of entities that Alexis de Tocqueville recognized to be "more deserving of our attention" than any other part of the American experiment. Until the end of the 20th century, little headway had been made in tracking developments in the nonprofit sector systematically, in assessing the impact they are having, and in getting the results into the hands of the nonprofit practitioners, policymakers, the press and the public at large. This work offers an accessible overview of the sector to non-scholarly readers.

It paints a broad picture of the state of America's nonprofit sector while identifying the changes that might be needed to promote its long-term health. The result is a concise testament to the scope, significance and determination of America's nonprofits.

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