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Statistics on voluntarism through nonprofit organizations updated Discussion on nonprofit sustainability in the fiscal wringer between mandatory and discretionary spending cutbacks added. Expanded the section 'Globalization’. References updated

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date: 25 March 2017

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Voluntarism can be interpreted at the levels of values, structure, and ideology. In Western society, voluntarism rests heavily on secular and religious values originating in both Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions. Today the voluntary sector in the United States can be divided into five main types: social support networks, grassroots associations, nonprofit organizations, human service agencies, and private foundations. At the level of ideology, voluntarism can be interpreted as “civil society.”

Keywords: community, civil society, independent sector, nonprofit, philanthropy, social network, mutual aid, grassroots, sustainability, voluntary agency, voluntary association, voluntary sector, volunteerism

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