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This article describes a series of characteristics that indicate when a nonprofit
might be more accountable to and controlled by one person than it is to the community that it was created to serve.
It is the first part of a two-part article. Part 2 suggests a process that nonprofits might use to evaluate whether they have the interest and the capacity to shift from being a leader-dominated organization to being a community-based organization. Part 2 is available online at

Cite as:

Henderson, Margaret. “Evolution of a Nonprofit, Part 1: Determining the Organization’s Orientation.” Popular Government 70:1 (2004): 16-21.

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Margaret Henderson
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