Nonprofit organizations have made a significant impact on the economy of the United States. In rural communities, funding is often an issue that impedes nonprofit organizations ability to meet the needs and demands of their constituents, when not only creates external pressures but internal issues as well. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the boards of directors of nonprofit organizations within Klamath and Lake Counties, Oregon, and, by their example to determine how governing bodies function in light of the decreasing funding issues due to economic circumstances that are beyond their organizational control. Design for the study focused on three research categories: Recruitment, Participation, and Constrains of Nonprofit Organizations. The focus in the development of the research instruments was not only directed towards answering the research question on the effectiveness of the boards of directors of nonprofit organizations and by their example to determine how governing bodies function in light of decreasing funding issues due to economic circumstances beyond their control. The research methodology chosen for the research project was a concurrent mixed-methods approach where approximately 25 of the over 600 nonprofit organizations, within Klamath and Lake Counties, Oregon, were investigated. The findings indicated that members of governing bodies within nonprofit organizations take active roles within their respective organizations and allocate their time for regularly-scheduled board meetings while others participate on standing committees. Governing bodies were involved in strategic planning processes and were evaluated on a periodic basis. Involvement from individual members of boards of directors varied from one individual to another. Though involvement varied, individual board of directors volunteered their time due to their belief in the organizations mission. Each volunteer member of nonprofit boards of directors brings different skills and attributes has a passion for the organization's mission. Recruitment, fundraising responsibilities, and assessments of governance are recommended areas for governing bodies to consider enhancing the organizations effectiveness.
|Adviser||Judith L. Forbes|
|Subjects||Management; Occupational psychology|
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