Voice-In, Voice-Out: Constituent Participation and Nonprofit Advocacy

Nonprofit Policy Forum, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010

28 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2011

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Chao Guo

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Gregory D. Saxton

Schulich School of Business, York University

Date Written: July 30, 2010

Abstract

How do participatory constituent practices affect the scope and intensity of nonprofit advocacy? In this exploratory study, we empirically examine this question through the use of survey data from a random sample of charitable nonprofit organizations in Arizona in 2007. Our findings show that the scope and intensity of nonprofit advocacy tend to increase with constituent board membership, communication with constituents, and level of constituent involvement in strategic decision making, yet decrease with the growth in government funding and private contributions. These findings suggest important implications for organizations wishing to be more effective in influencing public policy.

Keywords: Advocacy, Nonprofit Organizations, Participation, Representation

Suggested Citation

Guo, Chao and Saxton, Gregory D., Voice-In, Voice-Out: Constituent Participation and Nonprofit Advocacy (July 30, 2010). Nonprofit Policy Forum, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1738705

Chao Guo

Penn School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
United States

Gregory D. Saxton (Contact Author)

Schulich School of Business, York University ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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