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Cases in Innovative Nonprofits

Cases in Innovative Nonprofits
Organizations That Make a Difference

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December 2014 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Become an innovator in the nonprofit world  

Student friendly and readable, Cases in Innovative Nonprofits provides readers with current comparative case studies of innovative nonprofit organizations that are meeting the needs of humanity in both the U.S. and abroad. Edited by well-known scholars, Ram A. Cnaan and Diane Vinokur-Kaplan, this text provides inspiring examples of social entrepreneurs who have instituted new services to meet the needs of both new and long standing social problems. Each case features either an unidentified need and its successful response, or an existing need that was tackled in a unique and innovative manner.  

The text is purposefully organized into four parts:
Part 1: Two conceptual chapters give the reader an understanding of what a nonprofit social innovation is and tools to analyze various social innovations in this volume and elsewhere.
Part 2: Ten cases reveal the innovative formation of new nonprofit organizations.
Part 3: Three cases emphasize innovation through collaboration.
Part 4: Five cases demonstrate innovations taking place within an existing nonprofit organization.   

By using a simple, identical format for each case, this text facilitates student learning through comparative review, providing a deeper understanding about the complexity and steps required to achieve nonprofit social innovation.

Part 1: Understanding Nonprofit Social Innovation
Ram A. Cnaan and Diane Vinokur-Kaplan
1. Social Innovation: Definitions, Clarifications, and a New Model
Björn Schmitz
2. Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation and Social Mission Organizations: Towards a Conceptualization
Part 2: Innovation and New Nonprofit Organizations
Robert J. Wineburgh and Odell Cleveland
3. Welfare Reform Liaison Project (WRLP): From Job Training to Community Development
Ram A. Cnaan and Lynne Coughlin Samson
4. HelpHopeLive: Meeting Financial Needs in Medical Crises
Charles Heying
5. Café au Play: Creating a Family Centered Social Space in Portland, Oregon
Wolfgang Bielefeld
6. The Mind Trust: Innovations in Urban Education
Micheal L. Shier and Femida Handy
7. GiveIndia: Web Donations in an Emerging Philanthropic Market
Gábor Hegyesi, Katalin Talyigás, and Jon Van Til
8. Personal, Societal, and Political Conditions of Successful Innovations: A Case Study of the Difficult Survival of the Social Innovation Foundation (Hungary)
Lucas Meijs
9. Resto VanHarte: A Dutch Restaurant Assisting Others to Overcome Social Isolation
Bruce Sievers and Henry Jones
10. Seacology: A Win-Win Collaboration to Protect Island Environments and Peoples
Andreas Schröer
11. Dialogue in the Dark: Mainstreaming Blind People in Germany
Michal Almog-Bar
12. Krembo Wings: A Youth Organization for Children With Disabilities in Israel
Part 3: Innovation Through Collaboration
Margaret F. Sloan
13. The Center for Rural Development in Appalachia: Linking 45 Counties for Better Service Delivery
Avis C. Vidal
14. Living Cities: Reinventing Philanthropy to Serve Poor Communities
Lauren Miltenberger
15. Overcoming Constraints in the U.S. Human Services System: How New York City Uses Collaboration to Encourage Innovation
Part 4: Innovation Within Existing Nonprofit Organizations
Martti Muukkonen
16. The YMCA: A Pioneer of Organizational Innovations
Diane Vinokur-Kaplan and Jonathan Spack
17. Helping Social Change to Bloom: Two Capacity-Building Innovations at Third Sector New England
Alan J. Abramson, Lehn M. Benjamin, and Stefan Toepler
18. Metro TeenAIDS: Serve and Advocate
Chulhee Kang and Sangchul Lee
19. Empowering Social Workers in Social Service Organizations in South Korea
Björn Schmitz
20. Social Innovations in Mature, Faith-Based, Social Service Nonprofit Organizations: Two German Case Studies
Part 5: Lesson Learned
Diane Vinokur-Kaplan and Ram A.Cnaan
21. Lessons Learned: Themes Observed from Successful Nonprofit Social Innovations
About the Authors

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Key features


  • Each case uses a consistent framework that allows the reader to easily navigate them and make comparisons.
  • Concluding “Lessons Learned” chapter provides a summary of the themes that emerge from the cases and gives the reader an outline of the practical dimensions involved in carrying out nonprofit innovations.
  • Profiles an array of innovative nonprofit organizations from around the world that provides the reader with a balanced picture of the sector and show commonalities between cases that come from different countries, regions, and fields.
  • Discussion questions at the end of each case ask the reader to reflect and analyze the innovation as well think creatively and initiate successful innovations themselves. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

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