Nonprofit and military collaboration: An exploration of community based support beyond a focus on conflict

by Lofton, John C., Iii, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 97 pages; 3599541


On September 9, 2011, the United States government enacted an effort to reduce its deficit by $3 trillion over a 10-year period. The Department of Defense was charged with reducing its budget by $513 billion. As a result, the United States military must find ways to continue providing services to its members that have volunteered to die for their country if needed. Cooperative game theory was used as the theoretical foundation into a study of military and nonprofit collaborations during times of peace in an effort to provide in garrison support to military members and their families. An exploratory qualitative approach was taken to understand the perceptions and experiences of the services and possible services that can be offered through a collaborative effort between the military community in an Asian country and a nonprofit organization in that location, as seen through the eyes of 15 individuals. Qualitative data was collected through interviews, articles and documents maintained by the nonprofit organization. Four themes emerged from the study: Collaborative Challenges with Belonging, Collaborative Challenge of Loneliness, Collaborative Challenges with Dependency, and Collaborative Challenges with Global Citizens. Results of the study provide a better understanding of the possibilities that may exists to help address the financial challenges of the military. The study also supports the understanding of cooperative game theory in that organizations entering into a collaborative effort should both benefit from the partnership. Additionally, the study introduces how recency can impact the desires of individuals and their suggestions as to the possible services that may benefit best during a collaborative effort.

AdviserDavid Kilmnick
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsSocial research; Management; Public administration; Military studies
Publication Number3599541

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