Combining Nonprofit Service and Advocacy: Organizational Structures and Hybridity

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Ahead of Print. Facilitating political engagement is a vital function of the nonprofit sector. While some public charities engage in political activities like policy advocacy, many focus exclusively on their core service mission. Current nonprofit research does not adequately theorize the inherent tension between service and advocacy activities. We conceptualize nonprofits engaging in service and advocacy as hybrid organizations that incorporate two distinct logics. Using the organizational hybridity literature, and empirical data from a survey of Massachusetts nonprofits, we examine how the logics of service provision and political advocacy are combined and managed across a sample of nonprofits. We find that nonprofit service–advocacy hybrids adopt an array of organizational structures to accommodate these logics, including decoupled, segregated, outsourced, and blended structures. Our results suggest that compartmentalization may be a common strategy and that certain organizational structures are related to the presence of mission integration, funding reliance, competition, and advocacy objectives.

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Donor Lawsuits Following Blackbaud Hack Now Target Nonprofits, Too

The latest lawsuit against the fundraising software company also asked three nonprofits — Harvard University, Bank Street College of Education, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to help donors whose information appears to have been stolen in a ransomware attack.

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IBM announces partnerships with HBCUs to develop diverse workforce

The company has announced a multiyear partnership with thirteen HBCUs aimed at developing a diverse and inclusive quantum computing workforce, as well as in-kind donations totaling $100 million in technology, assets, resources, and skills development to a separate cohort of HBCUs….

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Literary Arts Emergency Fund awards $3.5 million for COVID-19 relief

An initiative of the the Academy of American Poets, the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses, and the National Book Foundation, the fund awarded grants to two hundred and eighty-two nonprofit literary arts organizations, magazines, and presses that have experienced financial losses due to COVID-19….

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The Institute for Jewish Policy Research selects Confirmit to build unique new panel

New panel will uncover insights into Jewish life in the UK London, UK and Oslo, Norway – September 17th, 2020: Confirmit has announced that JPR, the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, has selected Confirmit as its partner to create a new UK-wide panel. The panel will capture the experiences and opinions of people from all denominations of Judaism and from those who are not affiliated. It will be the first of its kind at this…

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Million Girls Moonshot launched to close gender gap in STEM fields

A collaboration of the STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Intel, Gordon and Betty Moore, and Charles Stewart Mott foundations, the Million Girls Moonshot initiative will work to increase diversity and equity in STEM fields by engaging a million school-age girls in engineering and computer science learning opportunities over the next five years….

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MIT receives $28 million for molecular therapeutics center

The K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics in Neuroscience will work to develop innovative molecular tools for the treatment of brain disorders that precisely target dysfunctional genetic, molecular, and circuit pathways….

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Susan Sandler launches $200 million fund for racial justice

To be housed at the Sandler Foundation, a private foundation established in 1991 by Giving Pledgers Herb and Marion Sandler, the Susan Sandler Fund will focus its grants on organizations led by people of color and efforts to boost the power and influence of historically marginalized communities of color….

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