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dc.contributor.advisorShields, Patricia M.
dc.contributor.authorDonley, Lori ( )
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-16T18:43:47Z
dc.date.available2012-05-16T18:43:47Z
dc.date.issued2012-05en_US
dc.identifier.citationDonley, L. (2012). Exploring success factors of government-nonprofit collaborations from the nonprofit perspective. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4139
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Purpose: Our society faces challenging and multifaceted issues that require the attention of the public and private sectors working together. Because of the significant advantages government and nonprofits stand to gain from collaborating, it is important to identify factors that contribute to successful collaboration. Nonprofit leaders play a central role in the success of government-nonprofit collaboration, and their perspectives on which aspects of collaboration lead to success, as well as which do not, are essential to improving cross-sector collaboration. Much of the literature on government-nonprofit collaboration neglects to systematically study the nonprofit perspective. This research begins to fill that gap. The purpose of this applied research project is to explore factors that contribute to the success of government-nonprofit collaboration from the perspective of nonprofit practitioners.

Methodology: Russell Linden's (2002) four stages of collaboration were used to construct four broad pillar questions: (1) Courtship, (2) Getting Serious, (3) Commitment, (4) and Leaving a Legacy. Furthermore, eight potential factors of successful government-nonprofit collaboration were identified in the scholarly literature: (1) communication and information sharing, (2) mission and goal setting, (3) trust and positive relationships, (4) leaders and authority, (5) flexibility, (6) clear guidelines and funding procedures, (7) accountability systems, and (8) honest feedback. These factors operationalized the broad pillar questions, forming the basis of sub-questions that guided the construction of an interview questionnaire. This questionnaire facilitated structured, in-depth, open-ended interviews of ten nonprofit leaders in Texas.

Findings: According to the interviewees, four of the eight factors identified in the literature were determined to be success factors for government-collaboration: (1) communication and information sharing, (2) trust and positive relationships, (3) leaders and authority, and (4) accountability systems. Whether or not the remaining four factors are important to the success of government-nonprofit collaboration remains unclear from findings of this applied research project.

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dc.format.extent72 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Spring 2012.
dc.subjectNonprofit perspective collaborationen_US
dc.subjectGovernment-nonprofiten_US
dc.subjectSuccess factorsen_US
dc.subjectCollaborationen_US
dc.titleExploring Success Factors of Government-Nonprofit Collaborations from the Nonprofit Perspectiveen_US
txstate.documenttypeResearch Reporten_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBalanoff-Jones, Emily
dc.contributor.committeeMemberAmaya, Ismael
txstate.departmentPolitical Science


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