A Guide to Hinduism (Faith Guides for Higher Education) by Maya Warrier, Gary Bunt

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Others, such as Oxfam, have received a number of warnings that they must desist from certain kinds of campaigning activity if they are not to lose their charitable status. The individual ‘citizen’ advocacy function has been identified by Kendall and Knapp as a separate function (1995); others include it as a serviceproviding function or within a wider advocacy category including public as well as individual advocacy. In this role, organizations make representations on behalf of individuals to enable them to achieve their rights or otherwise obtain the services or resources that they require.

Most of the major case studies in Part V highlight important legislative changes that have come about, at least in part because of the lobbying and campaigning activities of voluntary nonprofit organizations. This campaigning or policy advocacy role involves ‘the 40 What is the voluntary nonprofit sector? production of pressure on decision-makers in any sector to change policy and practices usually on behalf of some identifiable groups’ (Kendall and 6 1994). This is one of the areas where the law and practice on charitable status is controversial.

During this period, the perceived weaknesses of the voluntary nonprofit sector, such as particularism, amateurism, paternalism and insufficiency (Salamon 1987), were put under the spotlight. In particular, the limitations of philanthropic organizations in trying to deliver comprehensive services, such as education and health, in an integrated and consistent manner across the country were recognized. Serious concern was expressed about the state of health of men conscripted into the army during World War One and the quality of the health care available.

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