The Roles of Nonprofit Organizations to the Society

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TheRoles of Nonprofit Organizations to the Society

TheRoles of Nonprofit Organizations to the Society

Theoperations of nonprofit organizations are regulated under the federaltax code. Often, they do not operate for the benefit of profit butrather exempted from the federal taxes on the ground that they servethe public as described in the revenue code. For all nonprofitorganization that are organized for religious, educational, reliefpoverty and serve public purposes have the eligibility to apply forthe chartable status that is underlined in section 501(c)(3) of thetax code. Many nonprofit firms are characterized by the activitiesthey carry out and the resource availability. The majority oftax-exempt organizations serve diverse members such as labor unions,business enterprises as well as benevolent life insuranceassociations. All kind of donations channeled through suchorganizations is none taxable since they act as charitable for thebenefit of the social welfare.

Therole of nonprofit organizations to meet the need of the society

Nonprofitorganizations, also referred to as non-governmental organizations(NGOs) have struggled to meet people’s need through protectingtheir rights, facilitating better health care systems, conserving theenvironment and building up the economy. The Nonprofit roles can beclassified into different categories to meet social, political andlegal issues encountered in the society. However, nonprofitorganizations work to collaborate with the intergovernmentalorganizations (IGOs) to strike a balance in an ecological system.They have put more effort to make industries as well as productivesectors to safeguard their environment as well as making the requiredpolicy adjustments.

Theroles of advocacy networks cut across regionally, domestically andtransnational. Advocacy network also avails the internationalresources to new actors in the domestic political arena and socialstruggles thus it helps to transform the practice of nationalsovereignty. It can also be understood as a platform where differentactors negotiate either in the formal or informal way. To view outsocio-cultural negotiations that underpin the process of regionalintegration. However, both the international and domestic nonprofit gorganizations initiate actions and pressuring other firms that arepowerful to take positions thus becomes more influential ininternational politics. The nonprofit organization provides differentservices to individuals in the society where the government could notmeet.


Thenonprofit organizations have worked in emergency management to gainmomentum in the past 20th century. The scope of disaster managementin collaboration with the nonprofit organizations in the social setup has greatly evolved (Valentinov, 2006). As a result, the role ofnonprofit organizations in taking part towards development indisaster management, varieties of skills and competencies in managingemergencies have increased. The nature and scope of a variety ofdisasters, the high expectorations, and demands from the communityhave given nonprofit organizations a more challenging role inmanaging disasters that occur in the society using different newdimensions.

Theincreased knowledge that nonprofit organizations impart to thesociety in managing disaster has enabled most of the civilians todevelop no great shock in the event of their occurrence. Peopleexpress little panic and act in the best ways that can cause no harmto them, even if they cannot understand the whole scene with the helpfrom nonprofit organizations. More often than not, the majority ofthe people show a response to certain environmental threats in themost positive way, by gathering in more information and the neededresources that would help them minimize all sorts of problems andmake the situation bearable. Such initiatives made by nonprofitorganizations are beneficial to the society and increase the commongood foe every an individual.

Thereaction approaches made by nonprofit organizations are quitecommendable since they take the initiative of searching and caringfor the injured. Some of the nonprofit organizations do team up withother rescue group or team in offering protection against furtherdamages. Some victims of disaster have received great support fromnonprofit organizations being at the frontline to render servicedelivery to every affected member in the society. These can onlyoccur in a society nonprofit organizations work hand-in-hand with thegovernment body as well as individuals in the society. Atransformation of this caliber is necessitated by development ineducation programs, which they offer specifically designed to renderfundamental skills and competencies required in emergency management.


Inthe past three decades, the matters relating emergency management andsecurity of a given state has attracted great attention from thepublic administration. As revealed in the journal “PublicAdministration Review” (PAR), for example, there was laxity on theside of U.S administration towards responding to the impending dangerof Hurricane Katrina in 2007.

Incontrolling and managing disasters, sometimes politics hinders theimmediate response to emergencies. It should be understood thatemergency management is a multi-organizational exercise and anyattempt to institute a boundary due to political differences oftenderail the rescue process. The issue attracts multiple organizationsranging from the public sector, private and non-profit organizationsthat team up together in reducing the impact to the society.

Thenonprofit organization, public servants, local departments as well asgovernment and its associated federal policies are the main playersin emergency management. Without any limitations whatsoever,emergency management activities demand the input from differentpolitical divide (Kelly and Lewis, 2009). Besides the empiricalresearch based on social geography, the state employees of U.S weredirected by certain policies that reflected much on the legislativereactions towards different disasters especially the naturaldisasters that involve earthquakes, floods, tornadoes as well ashurricanes. Under the influence of political power, so manyassociations are set in place in the U.S. but some like FEMA wassurrounded much by political influence. Nevertheless, nonprofitorganization act beyond such boundaries by providing resources to thepublic to meet their needs.


Greatchallenges continue to affect the local governments regardless theattempts towards helping individuals in the society. Even though thelocal authorities take the initiative in making critical decisions ifthey face different issues in the country, a great loss of propertyor lives, serious injuries may be experienced if nonprofitorganization fail to offer a helping hand by proving financial andnon-financial support to members. The nonprofit organization acttowards giving purport to individuals aiming to reduce the burdenother firms may experience due to a reduction of finances. Thenonprofit organizations take full responsibility within theirjurisprudence to uphold the laws of Occupational Safety and HealthAdministration (OSHA). Therefore, with the full understanding of therole nonprofit organizations play in the society, helps them torespond with immediate effect whenever the disaster occur or when thesociety is need of certain services that the government cannot meet.


Kelly,D., &amp Lewis, A. (2009). Human service sector nonprofitorganization`s social impact.&nbspBusinessStrategy Series,&nbsp10(6),374-382.

Valentinov,V. (2006). Nonprofit organization and the division of labor: Atheoretical perspective.&nbspAtlanticEconomic Journal,&nbsp34(4),435.

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