Profiles of Nonprofit Startups and Nonprofit Entrepreneurs

ARNOVA National Conference, November 15-17, 2012 Indianapolis, Indiana

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 12-28

32 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2012 Last revised: 7 Dec 2012

See all articles by David Van Slyke

David Van Slyke

Syracuse University - The Maxwell School

Jesse D. Lecy

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs; Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The nonprofit sector has been expanding rapidly, but little attention has been paid to the organizations that comprise the group of new market entrants. In 2010 more than 45,000 new nonprofits incorporated, braving crowded grant markets and grueling periods of organizational adolescence. Some reach revenues over $1 million within a couple of years. We implement a survey of these organizations to understand this group of nonprofit entrepreneurs. What drives them to create? What factors are important for survival and growth in the initial years? What are the obstacles they desire more support in addressing? Do they intend to grow aggressively, steadily, or simply stay about the same size for the time being? We consider the policy and management implications of understanding nonprofit startups and their entrepreneurs and provide a baseline of these organizations’ characteristics as well as those of their founders.

Keywords: nonprofit startups, nonprofit entrepreneurship, nonprofit growth

Suggested Citation

Van Slyke, David and Lecy, Jesse D., Profiles of Nonprofit Startups and Nonprofit Entrepreneurs (2012). ARNOVA National Conference, November 15-17, 2012 Indianapolis, Indiana; Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 12-28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2175676 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2175676

David Van Slyke

Syracuse University - The Maxwell School ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

Jesse D. Lecy (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs ( email )

Farmer Building 440G PO Box 872011
Tempe, AZ
United States

Maxwell School of Syracuse University ( email )

400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

Public Management and Policy
35 Broad Street, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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