The capacity challenges of nonprofit, community-based organizations

Crockwell, Jim (2015) The capacity challenges of nonprofit, community-based organizations. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This mixed method case study explored the capacity challenges of neighbourhood based community centres related to the areas of governance and leadership, program delivery, financial management and human resources. The study involved the examination of three community centres with multi-mandates (i.e., provide programs and services to individuals from pre-school to seniors in the areas of social, educational, recreational and health) and utilized three phases of data collection: 1) surveys with board members; 2) focus groups with all boards and staff; and 3) document review which examined pertinent organizational policies and procedures. Questions were aimed at gaining an understanding of some of the challenges faced by staff and administrators of neighbourhood based community centres, as there a gap in the research in this particular area. Research findings identified a number of related challenges facing non-profit organizations specifically in the areas of funding and staffing and how these challenges impact both day to day operations and longer term sustainability. More research is needed with nonprofit organizations that have these broader mandates and diverse operational challenges, hence greater capacity building challenges.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8513
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 106-115).
Keywords: organization capacity, neighbourhood based, structural challenges
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Physical Education
Date: October 2015
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Community organization--Management; Nonprofit organizations--Finance; Community centers--Management

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