Conference: Charities, nonprofits and NGOs: (re)building trust and legitimacy (and Special Issue of Financial Accountability & Management )
Centre for Not-for-profit and Public Sector Research (CNPR), Queen’s University Belfast
(Sponsored by BAFA’s Public Services and Charities Special Interest Group)
Tuesday 3rd /Wednesday 4th September 2019
Call for Papers
Charities, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and nonprofit organisations (hereafter referred to merely as nonprofit organisations) are pervasive in our society, be they, for example, general local charities, membership-based nonprofit associations, overseas development and aid organisations, universities, credit unions or trade unions. They are (or at least should be) very different from either the private or the public sectors in terms of orientation, motivation, activities, sources of funding and contribution to the public good. They are mission driven and often exist to provide public benefit; benefit that may perhaps not be provided, or not provided in the same way or to the same extent, without the existence of such organisational forms. Often they are funded and supported by individuals or organisations that receive no direct economic benefit from their funding or support. They make distinctive and widely-recognised contributions to the public good by building social capital in civil society, often providing a foundation for ensuring social cohesiveness. As such, they are organisations to be valued, nurtured, protected and encouraged by the whole of society; by those who receive the benefit of their activities, by those who work or volunteer in these organisations, and by those who, in the spirit of altruism, seek to provide much-needed funds to generate public benefit.