Nonprofit Capacity Project

The goal of this research project is to understand and predict the dynamics of large-scale interorganizational networks, particularly among organizations that address disease and development. Nonprofits present one possible solution to many of the world’s problems; ¬†however, the nonprofit sector does not yet possess the capacity to address large social problems alone. Instead, interorganizational networks that include NGOs are the best current solution problems of disease and development.

This project is comprised of two parts: the creation and validation of an instrument to measure nonprofit capacity, and examination of the influence of multiple network types – including government affiliation, corporate sponsorships, and nonprofit networks – on nonprofit capacity.

  • Funded by National Science Foundation
  • Duration: 2010 – present
  • Data collection: Worldwide
  • Estimated number of participants: 700+ nonprofit executive directors