Background Note | HBS Case Collection | April 2009 (Revised April 2009)

Note on the Nonprofit Sector

by Allen S. Grossman and Naomi Greckol-Herlich


This note introduces students to the current state of the nonprofit sector around the world. It also provides insight into the sector's origin and purpose as well as the identifying important current trends. The note draws on numerous sources to provide a single resource for readers to gain understanding of this complex sector. The intended audience includes students, prospective professional leaders, those considering joining a board, consultants to the sector, or anyone wishing to learn more about the field.

Keywords: Trends; Globalization; Business History; Nonprofit Organizations;


Grossman, Allen S., and Naomi Greckol-Herlich. "Note on the Nonprofit Sector." Harvard Business School Background Note 308-033, April 2009. (Revised from original May 2008 version.)