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Agency Consequences of Government Funding in Nonprofit Organizations

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  • S. VERBRUGGEN

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  • K. VLASSENROOT
  • J. CHRISTIAENS

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Nonprofit organizations often rely on governmental grants to finance their social programs. Under certain circumstances, the procurement of these grants causes an agency-relation between the board of directors and the management of the organization. Using archival data from a substantial number of nonprofit organizations’ financial statements, the influence of different types of government grants on the agency-relation between board and management is tested. The study reveals an increase in the agency-relationship depending on the level of efforts necessary to achieve the grants.

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  • S. Verbruggen & K. Vlassenroot & J. Christiaens, 2011. "Agency Consequences of Government Funding in Nonprofit Organizations," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 11/711, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    1. Jensen, Michael C. & Meckling, William H., 1976. "Theory of the firm: Managerial behavior, agency costs and ownership structure," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 3(4), pages 305-360, October.
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