Learning Why and How: A Reader in Managing Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations

Nonprofit Goals and Structure

Author(s): Rita S. Mano

Pp: 30-41 (12)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805451011201010030

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An organization's objectives are to attain general goals using specific tasks. Hence, the concept of a “goal” is endemic to the definition of an organization. This chapter introduces the distinction between official and operative goals. While the former declare the intentions regarding the organization’s mission, the latter relate to the way these are actualized to justify the mission. One main vehicle to achieving goals is organizational structure. Whether as organic or mechanic forms, NPO engage in activities in a way that increase organizational performance.

Keywords: Nonprofit goals, structures, mechanic, organic, context.

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