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Nonprofit Policy Forum

Editor In Chief: Dennis R. Young
Your benefits
  • Prominent members of the editorial board
  • International outreach of the journal
  • Original research and analyses on public policy
  • Interdisciplinary methodology
  • Versatile forum for research communication
  • Accepted into the Emerging Sciences Citation Index (ESCI) and searchable in the Web of Science Core Collection

The mission of Nonprofit Policy Forum (NPF) is to serve as an international journal that publishes original research and analysis on public policy issues and the public policy process critical to the work of nonprofit organizations. NPF provides a forum and an authoritative and accessible source of information for scholars, leaders, and policy-makers worldwide. A primary goal of NPF is to provide nonprofit leaders and policy-makers with readily accessible and relevant scholarly research. In addition to being an accessible source of information, NPF creates a publishing venue for the expanding population of nonprofit-public policy scholars. Because the field of nonprofit studies is interdisciplinary in nature, the range of disciplines for both authors and readers spans a wide array of interests. Increasingly, the global community recognizes that progress in achieving goals and solving serious social and economic problems will require more than government action alone. The people employed in the sector and the millions of volunteers it mobilizes have the ability to extend the government's reach, engage grass-roots energies, build cross-sector partnerships and reinvigorate democratic governance. The intent of NPF is to help policymakers design more effective policy, stimulate greater public involvement and support, promote more favorable policies, and thereby increase the contribution that nonprofits make in addressing social, economic and environmental problems and enhancing democratic practice.

Each issue of NPF offers five research-based articles and a special feature, alternating among book reviews, interviews, case studies, and research reports. Topics include analysis and evaluation of tax policies, reviews of regulatory policies and their impact on nonprofit organizations, national security policy and civil liberties, policy advocacy and lobbying, government funding of nonprofit organizations, the role of faith-based institutions in service delivery, church and state relations, disaster relief, the role of nonprofits in economic and community development, and alternative organizational arrangements for nonprofit and social enterprise activity. Additionally, public policy issues in specific sub-fields such as health care, social justice, the environment, education, and the arts are included. Moreover, it is important that NPF feature articles of comparative public policies affecting the nonprofit sector in different countries, and the influence of transnational NGOs on global policy issues.

Nonprofit organizations play an increasingly critical role in the development of national economies and societies worldwide. Recently, we’ve witnessed the growing significance of nonprofit sector influence in shaping international affairs in fields as diverse as international trade and environmental conservation. Nonprofit Policy Forum (1) brings a focus to this area of knowledge, (2) gathers the growing number of new contributions in this field in one place, and (3) stimulates further research and analysis. Our hope is that through this journal an even greater number of scholars in the field are encouraged to devote their attention to the policy issues that affect nonprofit organizations. Therefore, we see NPF as an investment in knowledge building.

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) is the U.S.-based, national and international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders interested in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society. Founded in 1971 as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, ARNOVA is a neutral, open forum committed to strengthening the research about and helping shape better practice in these realms. We bring together both theoretical and applied interests, helping scholars gain insight into the day-to-day concerns of third-sector organizations, while providing nonprofit professionals with connections to research they can use to improve the work of their organizations and the quality of life for citizens and communities. Principal activities include an annual conference, publications, electronic discussions and special interest groups. ARNOVA sponsors an annual issue of policy briefs in Nonprofit Policy Forum.

The nonprofit Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota ranks among the country’s top 10 professional public policy and planning schools and is long noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global levels. Its Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center creates and nurtures excellence in public affairs management and leadership through research, teaching, professional development, and outreach, and is a vital resource for community partners.

The Stockholm Center for Civil Society Studies is based at the Stockholm School of Economics. It is funded primarily by external grants. The overall ambition is to contribute to a better understanding of the roles and positions assumed in society by associations, foundations and other third sector organizations. The empirical focus is organized civil society, and the scholars come from a range of social science areas including political science, sociology, management, history and organization studies. Apart from conducting research, center scholars are also active in disseminating knowledge through public lectures and seminars. Center web page: www.civilsociety.se

  • Public policies
  • NGO's
  • Social and economic problems
  • Democratic practices
  • Tax policies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Regulatory policies
  • National security policy
  • Civil liberties
  • Lobbying
  • The role of faith-based institutions
  • Health care
  • Social justice
  • Environment
  • Arts

Article formats
Book reviews, interviews, case studies, and research reports

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Submission process Please note

Language editing

All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English. If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.

Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details.

  • Alexandra Griswold
    Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics
  • Cyndy Brown
    Areas of expertise: political science, social sciences, humanities, ethics
  • Donna Reeder
    Areas of expertise: political science, economics, mathematical economics, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, law, humanities, liberal arts, literary studies, health and medicine
  • Jane Cotnoir
    Areas of expertise: Local government management, international crime and terrorism, emergency/disaster management, humanities, social science
  • Lisa B. Cline
    Areas of expertise: Public policy, environmental, health and healthcare, education (online learning), social sciences, behavior change marketing, arts and humanities, science, technology

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Dennis Young, Georgia State University (emeritus), USA

Managing Editor
Linda Serra, Independent Consultant, USA

Senior Editorial Board
The senior editorial board consists of 20 distinguished senior scholars recognized nationally and internationally as nonprofit policy experts in their disciplines. Each is associated with one of NPF’s Institutional Partners, and each has a particular specialization, such as tax policy, transnational policy issues, or arts and culture policy. Senior editors will work with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor to identify, recruit, and review papers reflecting each institution’s specialization. They will also be encouraged to submit articles to the journal. Institutional Partners and their representatives are:

Alan J. Abramson, George Mason University, USA
Helmut Anheier, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Andrea Bassi, University of Bologna, Italy
Elizabeth T. Boris, The Urban Institute, USA
Gemma Donnelly-Cox, Trinity College Dublin, UK
Philippe Eynaud, Sorbonne Graduate Business School, France
James Ferris, University of Southern California, USA
Robert Fischer, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Benjamin Gidron, School of Business Administration, College of Management Academic Studies, Rishon LeZion, Israel
Virginia A. Hodgkinson, Georgetown University (retired), USA
Kevin Kearns, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Michael Layton
Eliza Lee, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong
Michael Meyer, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Mariko Nishimura, Meiji Gakuin University, Japan
Marta Reuter, Stockholm University, Sweden
Mark Rosenman, Union Institute and University (emeritus), USA
James Allen Smith, Rockefeller Archive Center, USA
Melissa Stone, University of Minnesota, USA
Simon Teasdale, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
Isabel Vidal, University of Barcelona, Spain
Filip Wijkstrӧm, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
Naoto Yamauchi, Osaka School of Public Policy, Japan
Dennis R. Young, Georgia State University (emeritus), USA