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Nonprofit organizations are responsible for providing human services across the United States, often in partnership with government agencies. In this work, they address some of the most pressing social issues – including homelessness, poverty, health care and education. While many of these organizations consider location and accessibility crucial to supporting their clients – often locating services near bus or train stops, for example – little is known about the impact of new technologies, including ride hail services (also called Transportation Network Companies, or TNCs) like Lyft and Uber, on nonprofit accessibility. Do these services help fill gaps in client needs? How are nonprofit organizations considering these services in meeting client needs? This exploratory and qualitative study is among the first of its kind to measure the impact of TNCs and other emerging technologies on community mobility and the accessibility of human services, helping to build stronger communities. This study includes interviews with nonprofit service providers and clients in Seattle to explore the ways nonprofit leaders and organizations are using TNCS, and the impact on their clients.


Dyana Mason, Associate Professor; School of Planning, Public Policy and Management; University of Oregon Dyana Mason is an associate professor in the University of Oregon's School of Planning, Public Policy and Management and the Director of the Masters of Nonprofit Management (MNM) program. She teaches in both the Masters of Nonprofit Management and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree programs, along with UO's undergraduate degree program in Planning, Public Policy and Management and minor in Nonprofit Administration. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy in 2014. Her research interests include nonprofit management and governance, the organization and formation of interest/advocacy organizations, the political economy of the nonprofit sector, charitable giving and experimental research on collective action and fundraising activities.


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