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Voluntary ProgramsA Club Theory Perspective$
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Matthew Potoski and Aseem Prakash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162500

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162500.001.0001

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Self-regulation and Voluntary Programs among Nonprofit Organizations

Self-regulation and Voluntary Programs among Nonprofit Organizations

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Voluntary Programs

Mary Kay Gugerty

The MIT Press

This chapter, which aims to explore the role and inclusivity of nonprofit organizations in the rise of voluntary regulation programs, compares and analyzes the nongovernment organizations (NGOs) voluntary programs and government-sponsored programs, matching their similarities in terms of efficacy and results. NGOs are seen to use voluntary program membership as a way to display their quality of service toward their donors and potential donors. The chapter gives suggestions for improving NGO voluntary programs, which, albeit that they have apparent weaknesses, should be viewed as serious attempts to create credible, private forms of regulation. Like government-sponsored programs, as well as the for-profit sector, non-profit voluntary programs also face obstacles to club formation. In conclusion, it is argued that the impact of nonprofit clubs helps raise a certain sense of monitoring and accountability among nonprofit organizations.

Keywords:   nonprofit organizations, voluntary regulation programs, nongovernment organizations, government-sponsored programs, club formation, nonprofit clubs

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