Nonprofits for cohesive cities: The effects of urban environments and organizational practices on social and systemic integration

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Nonprofit organizations (NPOs) contribute to vital communities by building communities of citizens and acting as intermediaries between citizens and organizations. We investigate how NPOs’ engagement in social and systemic integration is shaped by neighborhood characteristics, and how it relates to the organizational practices of managerialism and organizational democracy. We combine survey data with administrative data from a representative sample of NPOs in a major European city. To measure the effect of neighborhood on organizational integration, we separated the city into 7,840 grid cells characterized by population, per capita income, share of immigrant population, business activity level, and density of public sector and nonprofit organizations. Findings indicate that managerialism positively relates with systemic integration, as organizational democracy relates with social integration. Furthermore, NPO density has a negative effect on a single NPO’s engagement in social integration. Our findings contribute to research on urban social cohesion by illuminating the interplay between NPOs’ organizing practices, local neighborhoods, and contributions to both forms of integration.
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2022
Veranstaltung15th International ISTR Conference: Navigating In Turbulent Times: Perspectives and Contributions from the Third Sector - Montreal, Kanada
Dauer: 12 Juli 202215 Juli 2022


Konferenz15th International ISTR Conference
KurztitelISTR Conference

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 507020 Stadtforschung
  • 502023 NPO-Forschung