Date of Graduation

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Nonprofit Administration (MNA)


School of Management

First Advisor

Marco Tavanti

Second Advisor

Richard Waters


A growing interest in cross-sector partnerships (CSPs) has revealed that nonprofit organizations seek to address complex social issues and achieve greater impact through collaborative efforts. Organizations that engage in CSPs with the three traditional sections (nonprofit, public, private) experience varying opportunities and challenges. In order for nonprofit organizations to craft strategies and participate in CSPs, they must first understand the unique challenges and opportunities of each sector.

Through in-depth literature reviews, interviews with nonprofit experts, and secondary data analysis, this project captures the motivations of each sector and provides nonprofit organizations with multiple perspectives to think about how to engage with each traditional sector. Ultimately, this research encourages additional resources, investment, and support for nonprofit organizations to continue building cross-sector partnerships and related activities. Doing so ensures that there’s long-term sustainability towards the efforts to achieve complex social impact goals. Findings will inform recommendations for nonprofit organizations to address unique sector challenges, participate in successful CSPs, and consider lessons learned from within the fourth sector, otherwise known as social enterprises.