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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


Tim Truitt


Nonprofits provide much needed services to communities, especially to the poor and

vulnerable population, but the majority are operating in an environment of uncertainty

because of scarcity of resources. It is imperative that nonprofit managers implement

strategies to ensure the sustainability of their organizations. Grounded in the general

systems theory, the purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to explore

strategies that nonprofit managers use to sustain funding in the nonprofit sector. The

study participants were 3 nonprofit managers, including 2 from the Caribbean, and 1

from the United States. Data were collected from semistructured interviews and a review

of organizational documents. Yin’s 5-step process was used to analyze the data. Three

major themes emerged from data: effectiveness and accountability, relationship with

partners, and revenue diversification. The implications for positive social change include

the potential for nonprofit managers to use the successful strategies to sustain their

operations, thus improving the well-being and standard of living of residents of the

communities in which they operate.

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