Bad Problems for Good Organizations: The Effects of Lawsuits on Nonprofit Organizations in Los Angeles County

Lawsuits against nonprofit organizations can negatively affect the finances and volunteerism rates at many agencies. Established literature does not identify the extent to which lawsuits have negatively affected the operating budgets and volunteerism rates at nonprofit agencies in Los Angeles County. This study proposal seeks to fill the gap identified in literature and provide localized insight into the problems nonprofit organizations are faced with on a day to day basis. If and when this study is conducted, surveys will be directed towards numerous nonprofit organizations and their volunteer members to gather important data. Potential results from this study proposal will allow nonprofit institutes in Los Angeles County to better understand the effects of lawsuits on their operations in the county area and will enable them to reduce risk, create better management practices and aid in volunteer recruitment.