Sector-Bending: Blurring Lines Between Nonprofit and For-Profit

By J. Gregory Dees and Beth Battle Anderson

This article focuses on the potential benefits of sector-bending. Sector-bending refers to a wide variety of approaches, activities and relationships that are blurring the distinctions between nonprofit and for-profit organizations, either because they are behaving more similarly, operating in the same realms or both. Some of the potential benefits of sector bending are more effective and appropriate resource allocation and more sustainable solutions. However bridging sectors is challenging and necessarily creates some tensions within organizations and the sectors.

Society 40(4): 16-27, 2003