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.
Original languageGerman
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event15th International ISTR Conference: Navigating In Turbulent Times: Perspectives and Contributions from the Third Sector - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 12 Jul 202215 Jul 2022


Conference15th International ISTR Conference
Abbreviated titleISTR Conference

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 507020 Urbanism
  • 502023 NPO research


  • social integration
  • systemic integration
  • organizational practices
  • Nonprofit organizations

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