Unraveling the Links between Organizational Factors and Perceptions of Community Sustainability Performance: An Empirical Investigation of Community-Based Nongovernmental Organizations

CSS Publication Number: 
CSS20-47
Abstract: 

Community-based nongovernmental organizations have emerged as leaders in local economic development, with a growing capacity for undertaking community sustainability projects in distressed neighborhoods. Very little is known about what organizational and managerial characteristics contribute to community sustainability performance. This article seeks to address this gap in the literature. Survey data from 134 community action agencies in the U.S. were analyzed to determine which organizational and managerial factors influence the effectiveness of community-based organizations in meeting community sustainability goals. The findings from an ordinary least-square regression model suggest that community engagement, human resource capacity, county/regional government collaboration, government funding, and revenue diversification are important predictors of community sustainability performance.

Keyword: 
community sustainability
nongovernmental organizations
sustainable development
nonprofits
sustainability policies
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Sustainability
Date Published: 
June 18, 2020
Persistent URL: 
https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124986
Full Citation: 
Wright, Nathanial S., and Tony G. Reames (2020) “Unraveling the Links between Organizational Factors and Perceptions of Community Sustainability Performance: An Empirical Investigation of Community-Based Nongovernmental Organizations.” Sustainability, 12(4986):1-21.
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