The new, fully-revised third edition of Center Director Lester Salamon‘s vital text “America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer” has been issued by the Foundation Center. It can be ordered here.
This new edition uses the most recent data on the American nonprofit sector, gleaned from a variety of sources, to examine the sector’s scope, scale, and structure; the scale and distribution of nonprofit finances and where the money comes from; and how the sector has changed over time, both overall and in major fields like healthcare, education, arts, and religion. In addition, the Primer compares the nonprofit sector to government agencies and for-profits in all major fields of nonprofit activity, investigates the relationships between these sectors, and examines the challenges facing the sector today and potential scenarios for the future, should those trends continue.
Here are a few of the more surprising numbers discussed in detail in the Primer (click for full size):