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The Four-Legged Stool

The Four-Legged Stool coverThis report to the Kettering Foundation focuses on civil society and “the need for a stronger associational life for citizens.”  John McKnight, professor emeritus and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University and author of the report, “distinguishes associations from not-for-profit corporations, though they are often combined as the third leg of a “three-legged stool,” the other legs being business and government. He points out their differences: not-for-profit corporations are usually formal and hierarchical, whereas associations tend to be informal and horizontal; not-for-profits use the special knowledge of professionals and experts to perform their functions, while associations generally use the experience and knowledge of member citizens”.

The report was published Spring 2013 and is currently available as both a free download and in print (also free with shipping) from the Kettering Foundation website.

Resource Link:  www.kettering.org/publications/four-legged-stool/

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