COVID-19-Related Studies of Nonprofit Management: A Critical Review and Research Agenda

Voluntas. 2021 Nov 29;1-16. doi: 10.1007/s11266-021-00432-9. Online ahead of print.


During crises such as the present coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) pandemic, nonprofits play a key role in ensuring support to improve the most vulnerable individuals' health, social, and economic conditions. One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, an extensive automated literature analysis was conducted of 154 academic articles on nonprofit management during the pandemic-all of which were published in 2020. This study sought to identify and systematize academics' contributions to knowledge about the crisis's impact on the nonprofit sector and to ascertain the most urgent directions for future research. The results provide policymakers, nonprofit practitioners, and scholars an overview of the themes addressed and highlight the important assistance academic researchers provide to nonprofits dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supplementary information: The online version contains supplementary material available at 10.1007/s11266-021-00432-9.

Keywords: COVID-19; Crisis; Critical review; Literature analysis; Management; Nonprofit.