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ENGAGEMENT, TRUST, AND RECIPROCITY: EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL CAPTIAL AND PARTICIPATION IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

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2006
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This study examines the extent to which various forms of social capital impact participation in nonprofit organizations. Previous research has focused on the importance of trust and engagement among social and political networks to form strong community ties that can cultivate the growth of social capital and promote participation in nonprofit organizations. The data analyzed in this study were derived from the Central Florida Social Capital Benchmark survey, collected at the University of Central Florida's Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences. To represent social capital, related variables from the survey are combined to create indices that represent civic engagement and community trust. For the purposes of this study, participation in nonprofit organizations is defined by volunteerism and philanthropy. Results from this analysis provide evidence that (1) social capital assets are predictors of volunteerism and philanthropy and (2) higher levels of social capital are correlated with increased participation in nonprofit organizations. Although participation in nonprofit organizations can vary depending on a community's characteristics, social capital can be seen as an important element in the development of the nonprofit sector.
Title: ENGAGEMENT, TRUST, AND RECIPROCITY: EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIAL CAPTIAL AND PARTICIPATION IN NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
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Name(s): Feiler, Rebecca , Author
Wright, James, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study examines the extent to which various forms of social capital impact participation in nonprofit organizations. Previous research has focused on the importance of trust and engagement among social and political networks to form strong community ties that can cultivate the growth of social capital and promote participation in nonprofit organizations. The data analyzed in this study were derived from the Central Florida Social Capital Benchmark survey, collected at the University of Central Florida's Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences. To represent social capital, related variables from the survey are combined to create indices that represent civic engagement and community trust. For the purposes of this study, participation in nonprofit organizations is defined by volunteerism and philanthropy. Results from this analysis provide evidence that (1) social capital assets are predictors of volunteerism and philanthropy and (2) higher levels of social capital are correlated with increased participation in nonprofit organizations. Although participation in nonprofit organizations can vary depending on a community's characteristics, social capital can be seen as an important element in the development of the nonprofit sector.
Identifier: CFE0001382 (IID), ucf:47010 (fedora)
Note(s): 2006-12-01
M.A.
Sciences, Department of Sociology
Masters
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Subject(s): social capital
nonprofit organizations
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0001382
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Host Institution: UCF

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