Introducing our Research Roundup – a new ACP feature created to give you an insight into the work academics are undertaking around community philanthropy. Dr. Alexandra Williamson, ACP individual member and academic at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology, takes a look at a research paper or study addressing the issues Australia’s network of Community Foundations care about.
What are we reading this month?
Transacting Business and Transforming Communities: The Mission Statements of Community Foundations Around the Globe (2020)
Who wrote it?
What’s their day job?
Margaret works at James Madison University in Virginia, USA. She is a Professor and Advisor to the Nonprofit and Community Leadership Concentration.
Who published it?
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly – one of the leading nonprofit academic journals in the world.
Where’s the research based?
The paper collates data from 58 countries around the world, including Australia, using the Community Foundation Atlas online database.
What’s it about?
Margaret analyses the language used in mission and purpose statements from an international sample of 1,420 CFs, to determine whether they present themselves as more transformational (community-focused) or transactional (donor-focused).
Why should I read it?
Mission statements are important because they demonstrate how a CF portrays itself to its multiple stakeholder groups and articulates its purpose for existence. It is interesting to compare the leadership language styles of CFs from different countries, including Australia, and you might get some ideas for your own mission statement!
Okay, so where’s the link?
Alternatively, you can email Margaret and ask for a copy. Don’t hesitate! Researchers love it when people are interested in their work.
Sloan, M. F. (2020). Transacting Business and Transforming Communities: The Mission Statements of Community Foundations Around the Globe. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/0899764020948617