34 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 5 (2005)

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                   EDITORS' COMMENTS



This issue marks the beginning of our term as coeditors of Nonprofit and Volun-
tary Sector Quarterly. It is with a sense of privilege and responsibility that we
embark  on the heels of our predecessors who have worked with such dedica-
tion and acumen. Their leadership has produced a journal of high quality that
is of value to a broad spectrum of scholars, practitioners, and policy leaders
interested in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Special thanks go to Ste-
ven Rathgeb Smith, who has been most generous of his time over the past 6
months  in making the transition between editors run smoothly.
   The majority of credit for producing most academic journals goes to the
authors and reviewers of their work. NVSQ is no exception. We thank all past
contributors for their work and we look forward to working with many of the
same scholars and reviewers plus many new faces who will be added to this
important enterprise. Thanks to ARNOVA and its publications committee for
providing the opportunity for our service to the field as editors of NVSQ.
   No major changes in the vision and focus of the journal are anticipated. We
have personally observed more than 15 years of a successful journal-so, best
to heed that sage advice, Don't fix a good thing! We are pleased to welcome
Janice O'Rourke as our new managing editor as well as Jeff Brudney as book
review editor. William Ryan will be continuing as Insights editor. David
Hammack,   Eleanor Brown, and Steven Heydemann   will be our deputy edi-
tors. Each of these as well as the members of the editorial board have made dis-
tinguished contributions to the field and we look forward to working with
them to bring to the journal the best thinking in the field today.
   As we begin our tenure, the nonprofit sector and those studying it are fac-
ing a number of challenges. Policy issues abound concerning the sector, from
compensation to accountability and regulation. How to build a renewed civil
society worldwide continues to be debated. Funding and cost issues continue
to find their way into boardrooms, research agendas, and among constituent
groups. Trust in nonprofits has decreased in recent years and thus outcome
evaluation, accountability, and transparency have become standard discus-
sion items among professionals, volunteers, donors, and policy leaders.
   Nonprofits are also being called on to provide more services in new and
better ways as fiscal constraints on government continue. How will nonprofits
fare under tightly written performance-based contracts whose provisions
may  shift rapidly in response to changing government priorities? In addition,
a new breed of philanthropists is defining their giving as social ventures and
calling on nonprofits to be more market-based and entrepreneurial. Questions

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, vol. 34, no. 1, March 2005 5-6
DOI: 10.1177/0899764004272396
@ 2005 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
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