Building a Cross-Sectoral Interorganizational Network to Advance Nonprofits

NGO Incubators as Relationship Brokers in China

Aimei Yang, Pauline Cheong

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Abstract

In light of the recent rise of Chinese nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and the significant roles that they are playing to advance nonprofit and voluntary activities, this article explores the network dynamics of emerging NGOs in China, known as NGO incubators. NGO incubators were birthed to provide services to civil society actors, including capacity-building training, fundraising, information support, and network formation guidance. This study examines the evolution of the organizational network of the largest Chinese NGO incubator over its 6-year formative period and provides fresh empirical evidence to illustrate how NGO incubators can powerfully bridge structural holes and build cross-sectoral alliance networks in a nascent civil society. Theoretical and practical implications for NGO development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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non-governmental organization
China
civil society
fundraising
evidence

Keywords

  • cross-sectoral alliance
  • network
  • NGO incubators
  • structural hole theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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