Nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships

Nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships

As collaborative networks become an increasingly common tool for public and non-profit managers to reach their goals, we conducted research that explores the unique contributions and attributes of nonprofit partners in these networks. Nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships. Below is the abstract for the paper in brief, with the full paper to read further below.

Abstract: Given the complexity of today’s social and political dilemmas, a common method of program and policy implementation is surfacing in the form of interorganizational, cross-sector goal-directed networks. This article applies the “Core Dimensions of Connectivity” framework to analyze how the increasing inclusion of nonprofit organizations in public health goal-directed interorganizational networks is associated with goal achievement. It specifically looks at nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships. Variables related to sector-based resource contributions and mission alignment were analyzed in their relation to outcomes in 177 networks. 

The findings indicate that significant differences exist across sectors. Compared to public and for-profit organizations, nonprofit organizations bring a greater number and diversity of resources to public health networks, and are perceived by their public and for-profit partners as having the strongest support of the network’s mission. We also find that resource contributions and mission alignment affect outcome achievement. This article discusses practical challenges networks face and informs techniques for effectively managing inter-organizational goal-directed networks.

Read the full paper below online or download to use later for any non-commercial uses. Looking for more network science research or resources? Visit our Network Resource Library or our Network Research Page for more papers and resources to explore and share. Our team also performs custom research and evaluations into organizational networks and partnerships. Learn more about our services on our website here, or get in touch with us to discuss how we may be able to help support your network or partners collaboratively.

Keywords: nonprofit management, inter-organizational networks, social network analysis, public health, collaboration, Nonprofit Resource Contribution and Mission Alignment in Partnerships

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