Many nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have spent years struggling for survival during times of economic uncertainty. To survive, NPOs seek collaborative opportunities to obtain funding. The purpose of this study was to determine if there were significant differences among demographic characteristics that affected the level of trust and commitment of individuals who participated in nonprofit collaborative work for funding. The study adopted the quantitative research method with a correlational design. Data were collected by using the Organizational Trust Index Survey (OTI), the Three-Component Model (TCM) Employee Commitment Survey, and a demographic questionnaire. A total of 158 former collaboration members participated in the study. The study included the results of a t-test analysis that revealed a weak relationship between the variables trust affecting the level of commitment and commitment affecting the level of trust. Additionally, the results indicated that there is no significant relationship between the study participants’ demographic characteristics and their respective levels of trust and commitment; however, there was a significant correlation shown between gender and trust, with men being more trusting than women. There were no significant statistical differences in regard to age, the number of years in collaboration with nonprofit organizations (NPO), collaboration history, and the age of the organization. The findings can be useful for understanding the behaviors of NPO participants and may encourage more research on the subject pursuant to the goal of creating equitable environments for collaboration. Further expanding the study would benefit the research community by offering a deeper understanding of the demographic factors associated with individuals who participate in nonprofit collaborative action for the purpose of funding. Future research could examine participant relationships, both intra-organization and inter-organization, along with identifying collaboration participants' reasons for remaining focused on the bigger picture.
|Commitee:||Silvestro, Kenneth, Smith, Scott|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Psychology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/9(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Sociology, Business administration|
|Keywords:||Nonprofit organizations, NGOs|
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