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Working with Nonprofit Organizations

Facing the challenges of providing more and better services while being constrained by difficult fiscal limits, local governments across the United States have increased their involvement with nonprofit organizations, involving nonprofits in service delivery and drawing on these organizations’ volunteers and private financial resources. Some nonprofits have also become skilled advocates for their local government clients, making persuasive appeals for public funding of their work or otherwise helping shape government priorities.

This guidebook focuses primarily on the basic questions North Carolina local governments should ask themselves when deciding whether and how to fund nonprofits. If a governing board is considering an ongoing partnership with a nonprofit, many of these same considerations will apply. 

Part of the Local Government Board Builders series, this book was written for elected officials of municipal and county governments, but governing officials of other kinds of public entities, such as councils of government, might also find the information useful.

Community Problem-Solving and Visioning

Basic Information About Nonprofit-Government Relationships

Managing the Relationships

Accountability within Relationships

Nonprofit Management

Human Trafficking

Sexual and Domestic Violence

Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles
Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles
Topics - Local and State Government