Nonprofit organizations are a recent, and still tenuous, phenomenon in much of Eastern Europe. It has been just 17 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall marked the end of an era when the government – however ineptly – took care of citizens from cradle to grave. Not only are many people still used to having the state, not civil society, take care of everything, but memories are still fresh of the time when people were forcibly “volunteered” for social tasks like crop harvesting and industrial...

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