Innovation or ill-gotten gains? Interpretations of nonprofit business venturing in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States
Many nonprofits have come to embrace the idea of participating in the market throughbusiness venturing to maximise their revenue. Yet debates continue about its place innonprofit management. After an examination of the taxation status of charities' businessactivities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States the paper examines itstreatment by scholars, nonprofit practitioners, and the business community. To gainsome understanding of public opinion the paper then examines the treatment ofnonprofit business venturing by the media in these countries. An analysis of thiscoverage reveals that much of the criticism appears in business media, which airs claimsthat tax exempt nonprofits are a source of "unfair" competition. It is important fornonprofits to understand the meanings and contestation surrounding their ventures intobusiness generally, but to be particularly aware of how for-profit competitors maygenerate, exaggerate or manipulate concerns regarding business venturing to hindernonprofits commercial operations such as influencing governments to change currenttax exemption arrangements. One strategy is for nonprofits to promote the findings of asignificant body of research that has found that nonprofit owned businesses are pricetakers not price makers.
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|Authors:||Dalton Bronwen ; Casey John|
|Other Persons:||Baulderstone, J (contributor)|
Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research Incorporated Secretariat
|Type of publication:||Other|
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