Toward a More Perfect Nonprofit: The Performance Mindset and the "Gift"
Administrative Theory & Praxis
Taylor & Francis
This article examines the use of evaluation feedback in decision-making by governments, foundations, corporations, and individual donors financing the nonprofit sector in an environment of resource scarcity. It includes an analysis of curricular offerings in program evaluation courses offered by nonprofit management educational programs. Finding that the courses primarily provide instruction in systematic evaluation and the logic model, it argues for an alternative approach to educating nonprofit leaders that emphasizes the social role of nonprofits and the concept of charity, drawing extensively on Jacques Derrida's understanding of "the gift." The new curricular approach would reframe authority, embrace interdisciplinarity and connections, including democratic feminist theories of management, revise accountability to move toward consensus, and end lip service to praxis.
Mirabella, Roseanne, "Toward a More Perfect Nonprofit: The Performance Mindset and the "Gift"" (2014). Political Science Publications. 65.