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project management in the nonprofit sector

Nonprofit organizations are an under-appreciated sector of the economy, responsible for over ten percent of national employment and contributing roughly 40 percent of all human services. However, project management is not widely utilized in this sector, and this article discusses some of the special management challenges and issues in the nonprofit arena. Among the topics dealt with are: the problems that volunteer workers pose; the difficulty that volunteer boards of directors and committees have thinking strategically, and ways in which people trained in project management can share their skills and knowledge in this sector. The nonprofit sector is one in which there are huge opportunities for project professionals to contribute to the good of their society and world.
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