Nature of Change in Nonprofit Organizations

  • Kunle AkingbolaEmail author
  • Sean Edmund Rogers
  • Alina Baluch


Change pervades the environment of nonprofit organizations. It is a reality that nonprofit organizations cannot afford to ignore. The reality of change means that nonprofit organizations must understand change in the external environment and position the organization to effectively adapt in a timely manner. This chapter examines the nature and drivers of change in nonprofit organizations. It offers a comprehensive insight into why change in nonprofit organizations is unique and the contextual factors that shape the dynamics of change in the sector. Also, it highlights the specific characteristics of change and the strategies that nonprofit organizations implement to manage change. Throughout the chapter, the challenges that underlie change and play an important role in the ability of the organization to adapt such as lack of resources and dependence on government are discussed. Together, the elements of change discussed in this chapter emphasize the need for change processes and tools to consider and incorporate the factors that define the unique context of nonprofit organizations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kunle Akingbola
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sean Edmund Rogers
    • 2
  • Alina Baluch
    • 3
  1. 1.Lakehead UniversityOrilliaCanada
  2. 2.University of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  3. 3.University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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