County and Municipal Government in North Carolina, Second Edition, 2014 (E-book)

Local Government and Nonprofit Organizations

Chapter number: 12
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County and Municipal Government in North Carolina

Introduction / 183

What Are Nonprofit Organizations and How Are
They Different from Local Government? / 184
Legal Characteristics / 184
Nonprofit Definition / 185
Governance Documents / 185
Tax Status / 185
Limits on Liability / 186
Legal Rules Applicable to Nonprofits / 187
Lobbying / 188
Opportunities and Challenges Presented by Differing
Characteristics of Nonprofits and Local Governments / 190
Individual Missions—Narrower, More of a
Driving Force for Nonprofits / 190
Attracting Volunteers, Donations—Key for Nonprofits / 190
Connection to Communities Served—
Strong for Nonprofits / 190
Procedural Restrictions—Generally Fewer
in Number for Nonprofits / 190
Effect of Variation in Size, Sophistication of Nonprofits / 191
How Nonprofits and Local Governments Work Together / 191
Why Fund Nonprofits? / 191
Ways to Fund or Support Nonprofits / 192
Purchase of Services / 192
Grants / 192
Appropriations / 193
Other Kinds of Support / 193
Designing a Process for Funding Nonprofits / 193
Accountability / 196
Strengthening Relationships between Local
Governments and Nonprofits / 199
Conclusion / 200
Additional Resources / 202
About the Authors / 203