This paper aims to find nonprofit organizations place in Russian economy. Using national and regional data on nonprofit organizations, the author explores the Russian nonprofit sector structure and changes in output of Russian NPO. The findings reveal, firstly, the concentration of these organizations in club goods provision and advocacy fields, whereas there is services-dominant nonprofit sector in many developed countries. Secondly, NPO output figures demonstrate significant fluctuations and a marked decrease of nonprofit share of services production. Thirdly, it is assumed that NPO in Russian Federation regions are strongly influenced by specific factors causing significant differences in their development.
The research of non-profit organizations essence confirmed that the existing definitions of such organisations do not reflect the real purpose of these organizations. Author offered a new definition, which contains the world's common practice of application and identified non-profit organizations as an economic unit, which is relatively independent of the sectors and branches of the economy. Non-profit organization operates for the satisfaction the social-oriented purposes.
The article suggests to adopt a pluralism methodological approach in marketing science. Using controversy over marketing to nonmarketers problem paper traces evolution of the issue in context of research methodology and discusses alternative methodological approaches and research paradigms.
Volunteer administrators and their host organizations need to be concerned about evaluating volunteer programs to satisfy the information needs of various constituencies. These constituencies or so-called “stakeholders” are persons or groups who have a stake in, or a claim on, the program, whether perceived or actual. For example, one of the most prominent stakeholders, funders are no longer content merely with an organization having volunteers onboard but wish to know the results or “outcomes” or even the long-term “impact” of their involvement. Another important set of stakeholders, board members are interested in whether all organizational resources, including volunteers, have been put to good, if not “best,” use. Similarly, a third stakeholder group, organizational leadership, is eager to derive the most benefit from the volunteer program. For their part, volunteers may derive motivation from learning about the value of their efforts and the results they help to bring about for organizations and their clients. Satisfying all of these stakeholders through the same evaluation of the volunteer program is not easy, and perhaps not even feasible. Accordingly, in this chapter we present an evaluation framework for assisting the volunteer resource manager with understanding and conducting different types of evaluation based on stakeholder involvement.
The paper is focused on the changing role of nonprofit organizations in welfare provision under conditions of welfare transformation in contemporary Russia. The evidences of shrinking role of the state in providing social services have been found in Russia as well. Russian government introduced administrative reform which aims to accomplish deregulation of the market, outsourcing and delegation of social provision to the nonprofit sector and commercial organizations. The research is exploring the neoliberal tendencies and their impact on the role of NGOs in social provision and development of the nonprofit sector as a whole. Federal government expects social NGOs to assist in social policy and provision of certain services for social groups in need (children, women, veterans, disabled etc). The paper explores variety of state funding for social services delivered by NGOs and assess its possibilities and limitations in the case of Saint Petersburg.
In the present article we generalize and analyze types of external control of nonprofit firms, present author’s groupmate by different categories of nonprofit organizations. The results of the article could be useful for improvement of legislation and for nonprofit organization.