Unraveling the links between organizational factors and perceptions of community sustainability performance: An empirical investigation of community-based nongovernmental organizations

Nathaniel S. Wright, Tony G. Reames

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Abstract

Community-based nongovernmental organizations have emerged as leaders in local economic development, with a growing capacity for undertaking community sustainability projects in distressed neighborhoods. Very little is known about what organizational and managerial characteristics contribute to community sustainability performance. This article seeks to address this gap in the literature. Survey data from 134 community action agencies in the U.S. were analyzed to determine which organizational and managerial factors influence the effectiveness of community-based organizations in meeting community sustainability goals. The findings from an ordinary least-square regression model suggest that community engagement, human resource capacity, county/regional government collaboration, government funding, and revenue diversification are important predictors of community sustainability performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4986
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume12
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

Keywords

  • Community sustainability
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Nonprofits
  • Sustainability policies
  • Sustainable development

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