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Chapter 18 Nonprofit Organizations > Multiple Constituencies: The Politics of N...

Multiple Constituencies: The Politics of Nonprofits

In addition to the CEO and the board of directors, nonprofit organizations have additional powerful constituencies who may call the shots more than the CEO or board chair. They include donors, especially the top ones; volunteers, including the volunteer coordinator; the spouse of a local corporate CEO; the leaders of the community that the nonprofit serves; and other local community organizations. In a for-profit company, the chain of command is clear: the corporation exists for the stockholders to earn a profit. In a nonprofit, you may get requests for service from different constituencies; knowing who comes first could be a challenge.

In my own experience, when I worked in the training department for a nonprofit health care organization, the development department would frequently call me to videotape or photograph fund-raising events. The budgets and the priorities for this department were higher than those of the other departments for whom I provided training videos. It didn't matter that I worked for the training department; my camera and I were fair game for anyone.


  

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