Title

Community Foundation Strategy: Doing Good and the Moderating Effects of Fear, Tradition, and Serendipity

Publication Date

2014

Journal

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Volume

43

Issue

5

First Page

832

Last Page

849

Abstract

This research provides detailed descriptive information about decision-making behaviors and processes of community foundation boards. Our study responds to Graddy and Morgan's (2006) call for research that examines how community foundation leadership (board and staff) affects strategic direction. We provide an understanding of how community foundation boards interpret organizational and environmental realities while balancing what has been described in the literature as "competing" mission-related objectives among donors, recipients, and the community. We find decision making to be influenced by three powerful forces; fear, tradition, and serendipity.

DOI

10.1177/0899764013486195

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