In the field of nonprofit and civil society studies, specific kinds of organizations are sometimes exclusively labeled as intermediary organizations or “intermediaries.” According to Anheier and List (2006: 137) they “exist primarily in the social service delivery fields, where they tend to connect smaller organizations and the people they serve to the local delivery system, as well as in the field of international development and humanitarian relief, where they often mediate between foreign funding agencies and local government agencies or community organizations.” According to another nonprofit dictionary an intermediary is “a person or group who links the money and time of donors with the needs that nonprofit groups seek to meet. Furthermore, consultants, trainers, counselors, and program officers serve as intermediaries in the nonprofit sector. They run their own companies as intermediary nonprofit organizations or work for foundations, support centers, fund-raising...
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Dekker, P. (2010). Intermediary Organizations and Field. In: Anheier, H.K., Toepler, S. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-93996-4_46
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