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


Information Systems and Technology


Peter Anthony


Nonprofit organizations impact the community and make substantial contributions to organizations, individuals, communities, and the environment, but many struggle to continue to grow. Supporting growing demands to provide support to communities with a reduction in available resources threatens nonprofit organizations' survivability and effectiveness. Grounded in general system theory, the purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore strategies leaders of a small nonprofit organization in southern California used to grow their organization to serve a larger population. The participants comprised 3 nonprofit leaders with documented success at developing and growing their business. Data were collected from semistructured interviews and organizational documentation. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data; 4 themes emerged: effective fundraising cycles, leader development, strategic planning, and long-term growth. A key recommendation is nonprofit leaders looking to create standard operating procedures and to focus on short and long-term goals such as growth, hiring and recruitment to support growth, and development planning for future leaders. The implications for positive social change include the possibility of nonprofit organization leaders to offer expansion and growth strategies to increase their organizations' capacity, enabling them to positively transform their communities by improving and maintaining available services and adding additional services.

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