Publications

Public Interest Management Group publishes white papers and detailed analytic reports on current nonprofit management topics. Click on titles below to read or download publications. For additional writing about the nonprofit world, see our blog.

White Paper Series

> Anatomy of the Nonprofit Business Model: A Key Driver of Organizational Performance

What drives (and hinders) an organization's success in achieving impact and financial strength? A healthy business model is essential. We provide a detailed overview of the concept, dissect the components of the nonprofit business model and identify strategies for organizational sustainability and performance.

> Evaluating the Evaluator: Unpacking Charity Navigator's Rating System

Charity Navigator offers evaluation of nonprofits' management and effectiveness. We summarize the organization's rating process and critique its evaluation methodology.

Emerging Nonprofit Partnership Models: Two Alternatives to Traditional Merger

Strategic partnerships are evolving in the nonprofit sector. This paper outlines two creative alternatives nonprofits may consider to enhance their impact and sustainability.

> The Four Types of Nonprofits: A New System to Better Understand Best Management and Governance Practices

Nonprofits are often viewed as either a unified whole or artificially designed micro-sectors. Both approaches have drawbacks, which can lead to misunderstandings about best practices. PIMG offers a practical new approach that can help frame meaningful analysis by managers, funders, researchers and consultants.

Nonprofit Management Reports

> California Business Model Assessment Pilot Study Report

In partnership with the Impact Foundry, Public Interest Management Group conducted a pilot study of the Business Model Assessment methodology. This report summarizes findings and evaluation results. Read or download the report.

> Oregon Nonprofit Success Factors Pilot Study Report

In partnership with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Public Interest Management Group conducted a pilot study of the Success Factor Analysis methodology.  This report documents evaluation findings and data results offering insights about best (and worst) nonprofit management practices. Read or download the report.

Success Factors for Nonprofit Organizations

This is an overview of Public Interest Management Group's Success Factor Analysis organizational assessment methodology, designed to inform nonprofits of strengths and weaknesses relative to peers, and chart effective strategies to enhance their impact and organizational health.

Gauging Nonprofit Success: Past Research, Present Gaps, Future Needs

This article explores research and literature on organizational effectiveness, as well as gaps in our understanding of what makes organizations work.

Exploratory Analysis of Nonprofit Success Factors

PIMG conducted an exploratory study of 40 organizations using the Success Factor Analysis Methodology. Read about our findings.