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Governing Nonprofit Organizations

Federal and State Law and Regulation

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$60.50 • £48.95 • €54.50

ISBN 9780674030459

Publication Date: 12/15/2008


570 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

5 tables

Belknap Press


This new book does not disappoint as it ranges widely from the history of rules about establishing charitable trusts and corporations, to the intricacies of the Internal Revenue Code, and on to the crazy quilt of state regulations regarding the duties of donors and trustees… The book should be essential reading and a reference for anyone responsible for—or just interested in—nonprofit governance, especially those trying to formulate new standards and regulations in response to the recent exposés of malfeasance in the sector.—Leslie Lenkowsky, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

As an attorney who’s spent most of his professional life representing nonprofit organizations, I can say without fear of significant contradiction that this book will be welcomed as an invaluable addition to the literature of the field.—Robert H.M. Ferguson, Patterson, Belknap, Webb, & Tyler, LLP

Marion Fremont-Smith’s Governing Nonprofit Organizations is an impressive work of scholarship that will significantly add to the field of nonprofit literature. There is no other single volume that covers the range of the subjects dealt with in this book. There are general works about the history of philanthropy, the scope and functioning of the nonprofit sector, the economics or sociology of the nonprofit sector, and specific problems of the nonprofit sector, but there is no comprehensive volume which focuses on the history of the law of charities and of governmental regulation of the nonprofit sector, much less one that couples with that history a detailed examination of the problems inherent in the present regulatory structure.—Joel L. Fleishman, Duke University Law School

Whether you call it civil society, social capital, or the nonprofit charitable sector, this vital and diverse sector deserves the highest quality of attention by democratic institutions, citizens, and scholars. Marion Fremont-Smith provides the single best resource for understanding the issues raised by government regulation of religions, foundations, social services agencies, hospitals, arts organizations, and other parts of the nonprofit sector. While making a compelling argument in favor of the trend toward federal regulation instead of the patchwork of state supervision and neglect that still exists, the book manifests clarity, erudition, and fairness on every page and should help elevate the study of this crucial part of society.—Martha Minow, Harvard Law School, author of Partners, Not Rivals: Privatization and the Public Good

Marion Fremont-Smith’s Governing Nonprofit Organizations is an important contribution to the understanding of nonprofit organizations. Dealing with their historical setting in a mixed economy, the rationale for their extensive subsidization, and the effectiveness of their regulation and how it can be improved, it will be must reading for trustees, managers, and lawyers in the mushrooming private nonprofit sector, as well as researchers and public policymakers.—Burton Weisbrod, Northwestern University, author of The Nonprofit Economy

Awards & Accolades

  • 2005 ARNOVA Outstanding Book Award, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
  • 2nd Place, 2004 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize, Independent Sector
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