The End of an Era: Center for Civil Society Studies ceases operations

Dear Friends and Colleagues: It is with a mix of gratitude and sadness that I share the news that the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies will officially cease active operations as of Friday, January 14, 2022. While this decision was difficult, it is the only appropriate course of action following the passing of our Founder and Director, Dr. Lester Salamon in August of last year. Since its founding in 1987, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies has served as a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, volunteering, and the tools of government. Working in nearly 50 countries and involving more than 800 researchers over its 35-year history, the Center always prioritized collaboration, working closely with governments, the United Nations Statistics Division, the International Labour Organization, statistical agencies, nonprofit and volunteer associations, and independent researchers around the world to put this sector on the economic map of countries for the first time. The result is an unparalleled body of global data on this sector and a far deeper understanding of the role it plays in countries around the world. Dr. Salamon was particularly proud of the global community of scholars,...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, DECEMBER 2021 | A final update on the nonprofit jobs recovery

January 11, 2022 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through December 2021, as reflected in the December BLS Employment Situation Report. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in December 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that left nonprofit employment as of December compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record during 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in December 2021 As shown in Figure 1, nonprofits added an estimated 9,246 jobs during December, reducing the total lost jobs by 2% of the 468,116 jobs still estimated to be missing as of November. Of the major fields of nonprofit activity that we track, religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations recovered the highest share of their missing jobs, with 2,869 added workers representing an 8% reduction in the number of jobs missing in these...

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NONPROFIT WORKS: All features now available at no cost!

Just in time for the holidays, we are happy to announce that all features of our Nonprofit Works interactive database are now available at no cost!   With this update, all users who register a free account can now access key contextual and comparative data and convenience features that were previously available only to paid Premium members, including: See how nonprofits stack up to the five largest for-profit industries in the U.S. economy, including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and accommodation and food services. Compare nonprofit employment and wages to for-profit businesses and government institutions in the same fields and geographic areas. Examine nonprofit employment, wages, and establishments in metro statistical areas, in addition to the state, county, and national levels. Access the latest available data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and weekly and annual average wages for over a quarter century—from 1990 through 2017—and compare nonprofits to for-profits and government over the full period. Save full searches for quick reference, download machine-readable CSV files, and compare up to 5 geographic regions, field, and years in a single search. A crucial resource for understanding and advocating for the sector The nonprofit sector is a vitally important part of the...

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NOW AVAILABLE: Maryland Nonprofit Economic Impact Report & Data Dashboard

Nonprofit sector drives economic and community development in Maryland The Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project and Maryland Nonprofits are pleased to release Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers. This report is the first comprehensive study of the nonprofit sector in Maryland in five years and is available for free download here.   “This report demonstrates what we have always known,” said Maryland Nonprofits President & CEO Heather Iliff, “that nonprofit organizations are essential drivers of economic and community development in Maryland.”   Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers tapped the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Business Master File and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) to offer insight into Maryland’s nonprofit sector’s size, scope, and growth.   Highlighting the economic impact of Maryland’s nonprofit sector, the report finds that nonprofits employ 280,000 workers—nearly 13% of all non-governmental workers in Maryland—and more than every other major private industry in the state, with the single exception of retail trade. These nonprofit workers earned nearly $16 billion in total wages in 2017, with the average weekly nonprofit wage nearly equal to wages in the for-profit sector as a whole.   Other key findings include: Maryland’s nonprofits are a...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2021 | Nonprofits add just 5,000 jobs in November

December 10, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through November 2021, as reflected in the November BLS Employment Situation Report. On the heels of a strong recovery in October, the nonprofit workforce added just 5,000 jobs in November during a weak month overall. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in November 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of November compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through November 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in November 2021 As shown in Figure 1, November saw a small gain of 5,274 nonprofit jobs, reducing the total lost jobs by just 1% of the 490,464 jobs still estimated to be missing as of October. Of the major fields of nonprofit activity that we track, religious, grantmaking, civic,...

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Call for Papers: Lester M. Salamon Memorial Issue of Nonprofit Policy Forum

Nonprofit Policy Forum is requesting expressions of interest for potential contributions to a special issue honoring the legacy of late Center Director Lester M. Salamon. Papers must present original theoretical or empirical research and expressly engage with aspects of Dr. Salamon‘s work, including, but not limited to: Voluntary failure and interdependence theory; The state of government/nonprofit partnerships; Third party-government; Tools of government, e.g., grants, contracts, regulation, tax benefits, as they relate to nonprofits; Comparative nonprofit sector and volunteering data and analyses; Social origins theory; and Philanthropication thru Privatization (PtP), that is, the conversion of privatization proceeds into philanthropic endowments devoted to public purposes.   Expressions of interest with a brief description of proposed papers should be send to NPF@gmu.edu by January 30th. Full papers should be ready for submission by July 30th and will be subject to peer-review....

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, OCTOBER 2021 | Nonprofit recovery rises to 70% of initial job losses

November 15, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through October 2021, as reflected in the October BLS Employment Situation Report. Following an anemic September, October’s report brought good news—with nonprofits adding nearly 45,000 jobs during the month, the sector has now recovered 70% of the 1.64 million jobs initially estimated to have been lost during the first three months of the pandemic. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in October 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of October compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through October 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in October 2021 As shown in Figure 1, October saw a significant gain of 44,576 nonprofit jobs, reducing the total lost jobs by 8.3% of the 536,073 jobs still lost as...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2021 | Nonprofits shed jobs for the first time since December 2020

October 12, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through September 2021, as reflected in the September BLS Employment Situation Report. For the first time this year, September’s jobs report showed an overall decline in nonprofit jobs, led by a sizable loss of jobs in the education and health care sectors. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in September 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of September compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through September 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in September 2021 As shown in Figure 1, September saw a small reversal in the recovery of nonprofit jobs, with employment in the sector as a whole declining by an estimated 2,500 workers compared to August’s total—representing an...

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Reflections on Lester Salamon: Stephanie Geller

This is part of a series of posts from colleagues and friends around the world reflecting on the life, work, and impact of late Center Director Lester M. Salamon. A collection of additional remembrances from colleagues, online tributes, and photos can be found here.  Thank you to Stephanie Geller for sharing these reflections. We are also grateful to Nonprofit Quarterly for sharing this piece from Center colleague Megan Haddock reflecting on Dr. Salamon’s impact on the international understanding of the nonprofit sector: “Salamon Crafted Lenses to Better See Civil Society—Will We Wear Them?“ From Stephanie Geller, former Center colleague I feel so honored to have been able to work with Lester for nearly 15 years. He was truly a visionary and his passion, determination, intelligence, and profound insightfulness played such a key role in supporting and growing the nonprofit sector. Lester was incredibly unique. Most nonprofit advocates focus on the “micro” level—i.e., on helping individual organizations or organizations operating within specific fields of activity. Lester saw the bigger picture—the similarities between ostensibly different types of organizations like hospitals and museums, and the critical importance of having quantitative data to illustrate the value of nonprofits worldwide. His vision of an effort...

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Reflections on Lester Salamon: Dennis Young & Kirsten Grønbjerg

This is part of a series of posts from colleagues and friends around the world reflecting on the life, work, and impact of late Center Director Lester M. Salamon. A collection of additional remembrances from colleagues, online tributes, and photos can be found here.  Thank you to Dennis Young and Kirsten Grønbjerg for sharing these reflections. From Dennis Young, Georgia State University It’s hard to overstate the contributions that Lester Salamon made to the field of nonprofit sector studies. He was one of a small handful of scholars who literally established the field and perhaps the most impactful of all of them. He was both a theorist and an empiricist, and profoundly influential on both scores. On the theoretical side, he gave us the theory of third party government, explaining why nonprofits were partners with governments rather than just substitutes. And, along with Helmut Anheier, he articulated the social origins theory to help us understand why the character of the nonprofit sector varied among different countries around the world. But as much as his development of theory influenced generations of scholars and policymakers, it was his contribution to the data infrastructure on the nonprofit sector that was his towering...

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Reflections on Lester Salamon: Zhang Yuanfeng

This is part of a series of posts from colleagues and friends around the world reflecting on the life, work, and impact of late Center Director Lester M. Salamon. A collection of additional remembrances from colleagues, online tributes, and photos can be found here.  Thank you to Yuanfeng Zhang for sharing these reflections. Gratitude and Remembrance: In memoriam of Dr. Lester M. Salamon I have not contacted Dr. Salamon for a long time. I wrote an email to greet him on August 22. The day after that, I received the news that he had passed away on August 20. He was one of the most influential scholars in the field of nonprofit sector studies and enjoyed a high reputation in the academic community in China. I was fortunate to be a visiting scholar at the Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS) hosted by Dr. Salamon twice in 2013 and 2016, and I had the opportunity to participate in a research project led by Dr. Salamon. The bits and pieces of being with Dr. Salamon are still vivid today. I met Dr. Salamon at a turning point in my academic career by luck and by chance. My major from bachelor to...

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Reflections on Lester Salamon: Ben Gidron & Edith Archambault

This is the first in a planned series of posts from colleagues and friends around the world reflecting on the life, work, and impact of late Center Director Lester M. Salamon. A collection of additional remembrances from colleagues, online tributes, and photos can be found here.  Thank you to Ben Gidron and Edith Archambault for sharing these reflections. From Benjamin Gidron, CNP Local Associate for Israel It is with deep feelings of sorrow and sadness that I write this memorial. Lester was THE pioneer academic leader in the field of international nonprofit and civil society research. At the end of the 1980’s and early 1990’s, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the lifting of the iron curtain on the one hand and the changes in the structure of welfare states on the other, highlighted the roles of nonprofit and civil society organizations in society. Lester was possibly the first to recognize the need for data on this unknown sector of organizations, initially in the U.S. and later in rest of the world. Lester devised a grand and most ambitious project, later nicknamed “the Hopkins Project,” of mapping and measuring that sector globally. He developed the conceptual tools, recruited...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, AUGUST 2021 | Nonprofits add just 42,000 workers in August as job recovery slows

September 13, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through August 2021, as reflected in the August BLS Employment Situation Report. Following two strong months of recovery, August’s BLS data reflected an overall slowing of job gains as the impact of the Delta variant was seen for the first time. During the month, the overall private, non-farm economy added just 243,000 jobs nationwide during the month. Of these added jobs, approximately 42,000 were in nonprofit institutions, with educational institutions again seeing the majority of these gains ahead of the new school year. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in August 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of August compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through August 2021. PART 1 | Change...

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Statement on the passing of Lester Salamon

With great sorrow, we write to share the news that Dr. Lester M. Salamon passed away on Friday August 20, 2021. Our collective loss will resonate across the field of nonprofit and third sector research in the United States and throughout the world. Dr. Salamon pioneered the empirical study of the nonprofit sector in the United States and then globally in partnership with extended network of colleagues. His research was foundational for the global nonprofit/civil society sector. He entered the field of nonprofit research somewhat by chance in the late 1970s as a political science professor-turned government official. As the Deputy Associate Director in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under President Carter, Dr. Salamon came to recognize the lack of systematic information available about government funding streams to nonprofit organizations for the delivery of social services—what was then a very little-known corner of the economy. The experience launched a quest for basic economic data about the scope, structure, financing, and role of the sector in the United States, which he subsequently realized was also severely lacking in almost every other country. He dedicated the last 40 years to the idea that the generation and institutionalization of basic...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, JULY 2021 | Nonprofits add nearly 70,000 jobs, with educational institutions leading the way

August 18, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through July 2021, as reflected in the July BLS Employment Situation Report. July’s BLS data showed a robust gain of 700,000, private non-farm jobs nationwide during the month. While over 60% of those total jobs accrued to accommodation and food service businesses, all fields in which nonprofits operate saw gains during the month as well. What is more, a revision of June’s data included in the July report resulted in sizable retroactive gains for June in two important nonprofit fields—education and religious, grantmaking, civic, professional associations.   Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment during July 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of July 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Change...

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Join our effort to improve nonprofit workforce data today!

The Issue From its inception, a major goal of our Nonprofit Economic Data Project has been to improve the quality and availability of crucial data on nonprofit employment and wages in the United States. While we have made considerable progress toward this goal—including developing a methodology for finding nonprofits in Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) datasets and securing a commitment from BLS to release these data on a 5-year cycle—this, unfortunately, still often leaves us working with out-of-date data in these rapidly-evolving times. Indeed, the next scheduled release of these data will not take place until 2024, at which time even the most recent available data, which cover 2017, will be 7 years old.   As a result, our efforts to track the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic have been limited to estimates based on these 2017 data. As we have noted previously, our ability to track these developments would be materially enhanced if the Bureau of Labor Statistics were to release these data on a schedule similar to that used for other industries. Indeed, all other industries—such as goat farming and limousine services—receive quarterly releases of these data, providing researchers, advocates, and policymakers the information needed to understand...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, JUNE 2021 | An overall strong recovery, but a loss of 5,300 health care jobs

July 13, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through June 2021, as reflected in the June BLS Employment Situation Report. Importantly for the nonprofit sector, two of the strongest gains over the month were recorded in the education field and the arts. However, the crucial health care field saw a significant loss of jobs during June.   Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment over the most recent month. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of June 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in June 2021 As shown in Figure 1, June saw a sizable gain of more than 60,000 nonprofit jobs compared to May 2021’s total—representing a gain of over 8% of the estimated 745,000...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, MAY 2021 | Nonprofit job recovery rebounds in May, with a gain of 63,000 jobs

June 14, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through May 2021, as reflected in the May BLS Employment Situation Report. Following a weak showing in April, May’s BLS data reported a more robust gain of 492,000, private non-farm jobs nationwide during the month. While accommodation and food services—a field in which nonprofits represent only a small fraction of overall employment—recorded the strongest growth during May, two important nonprofit-dominated fields—education and arts—saw strong growth as well.   Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment over the most recent month. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of May 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in May 2021 As shown in Figure 1, May saw a sizable gain of...

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NEWS RELEASE | America’s Health Conversion Foundations: A PtP Success Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chelsea Newhouse We are pleased to announce the release of an important new look at the performance of a set of U.S. PtP “health conversion foundations.” With government revenues powerfully constrained and COVID-highlighted massive social and economic problems calling out for solutions, pressures have mounted around the world to identify new sources of revenue with which to address these problems. Fortunately, one such source has recently been discovered. Known by the unlikely name of Philanthropication thru Privatization, or PtP for short, this source involves the creation of often quite enormous charitable foundations out of assets under the control of governments or quasi-governmental entities that are in process of being transformed into private, for-profit ownership or control or of being exacted from private sources as penalties or fines—and in both cases being channeled into private foundations. Over 650 such PtP foundations have so far been identified around the world drawing on assets as diverse as proceeds from the sale of state-owned enterprises, debt swaps, royalties from state-regulated industries, stolen assets, penalties for corporate misdeeds, auctions of spectrum frequencies, and the de-mutualization of nonprofits or cooperatives. But how effective has this option been? To shed additional light...

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NONPROFIT WORKS 3.0: Johns Hopkins interactive database on nonprofit employment & wages adds updated data and new features

Introducing Nonprofit Works 3.0: The latest version of the popular interactive database created by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies to provide accessible information on nonprofit employment and wages in states and regions. The Center for Civil Society Studies is pleased to announce a major update to our Nonprofit Works interactive database! With the launch of Nonprofit Works 3.0, you will now be able to: See how nonprofits stack up to the five largest industries in the U.S. economy, including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and accommodation and food services. Examine nonprofit employment, wages, and establishments in metro statistical areas, in addition to the state, county, and national levels. Access the latest available Bureau of Labor Statistics data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and weekly and annual average wages for over a quarter century—from 1991 through 2017—and compare nonprofits to for-profits and government over the full period.   A crucial resource for understanding and advocating for the sector The nonprofit sector is a crucially important part of the employment landscape of the U.S., employing the third largest workforce and generating the third largest payroll of any of the 18 industries into which statistical authorities divide the...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, APRIL 2021 | Rate of Nonprofit Job Recovery Slows Significantly in April

May 14, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through April 2021, as reflected in the April BLS Employment Situation Report. Following a major rebound in March, BLS data showed only marginal growth in overall private employment in April, totaling just 218,000 private, non-farm jobs nationwide during the month. Of these, the majority accrued to the leisure and hospitality industry, a field in which nonprofits represent only a small fraction of overall employment. In addition, two of the major nonprofit fields—education and health care—saw overall employment losses in April, reversing a positive showing in March.   In Part 1 of this report we provide an overview of nonprofit job changes since February 2020 and spotlight the changes over the most recent month. In Part 2 we detail the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and where that leaves nonprofit employment as of April 2021; and in Part 3, we provide an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, MARCH 2021 | Nonprofits Regained Nearly 81,000 Jobs in March, but Still Face a Long Road to Full Recovery

April 14, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through March 2021, as reflected in the March BLS Employment Situation Report. BLS data showed strong overall growth of 916,000 private, non-farm jobs nationwide during March 2021, reflecting the accelerated pace of re-openings in several states. What is more, while many of the job gains accrued to the leisure and hospitality and retail trade sectors, a significant number of these added jobs were seen in the education field—a key area of nonprofit activity. Indeed, all fields of nonprofit activity experienced significant job gains during the month for the first time since August 2020, though these still left nonprofit jobs well below pre-COVID-19 levels. In Part 1 of this report we provide an overview of nonprofit job changes since February 2020 as of March 2021. In Part 2 we detail the recovery of lost nonprofit jobs over the past several months; and in Part 3, we provide an updated estimate of the time it will take the sector to return to...

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NEWS RELEASE | To Close Digital Equity Gaps, U.S. Should Endow a Digital Futures Foundation from Proceeds of Spectrum Auctions—New America and Johns Hopkins Experts Propose Bold Fix for Digital Inclusion Gaps

April 5, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     WASHINGTON, DC—Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies jointly released a proposal to invest a portion of the windfall proceeds from recent and anticipated auctions of public airwaves in a new private Digital Futures Foundation to develop improved digital applications that address digital equity gaps in education, telehealth, online government services, and other critical areas.   While President Biden’s infrastructure plan will usefully address the national need for universal access to affordable broadband connections, getting everyone online will not solve the equally critical challenge of improving the public-purpose applications and training needed to enable full digital inclusion.   According to Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and co-author of the proposal: “To reap the full benefits of the president’s proposed investments in universal broadband access, we need to address the serious gaps in the applications that actually provide the services that broadband can deliver and the training citizens need to access them. Auctions of the public airwaves are raising tens of billions of dollars that should be recycled back into technology investments aimed...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2021: Nonprofit Sector Lost Over 7% of Its Workforce in the First Year of the Pandemic

March 12, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through February 2021, as reflected in the February BLS Employment Situation Report. While BLS data showed an overall growth of 465,000 private, non-farm jobs nationwide during February 2021, the nonprofit sector accounted for only a modest 6% share of these job gains, well below the 10% of private jobs they accounted for when the month began. Part 2 of this report details the halting recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Nonprofit job losses as of February 2021 As of February 2021, the nonprofit workforce remained down by over 926,000 jobs compared to February 2020 levels, representing a 7.4% decline over the first year of the pandemic, as shown in Figure 1. These lost jobs include nearly 35% of all workers in nonprofit arts and entertainment organizations; 14.6% of nonprofit education workers; 10% of...

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PtP in the News: Boston Globe Op-Ed urges PtP solution to digital divide

In a new Op-Ed published yesterday in the Boston Globe, PtP Director Lester Salamon and Michael Calabrese, Director of the Wireless Future Project at New America, argue that a portion of the tens of billions of dollars being generated by the auction of government airwaves should go towards endowing a new PtP-inspired Digital Futures Foundation dedicated to underwriting innovations aimed at closing the gaping digital equity gaps revealed by the COVID-19 crisis.   A Concept Note providing further detail on this timely and important proposal will be available for distribution the week of March 8. Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy of this concept note, or if you are interested in helping us to pursue this option.     ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••   OPINION   To close digital equity gaps, US should endow a private Digital Futures Foundation   Auctions of government-owned airwaves produce a lot of revenue. A chunk of it should go toward closing digital equity gaps. By Lester Salamon and Michael Calabrese A high-stakes auction of government-owned airwaves to mobile broadband providers, completed last month in Washington, is set to drop a record windfall exceeding $80 billion into the US Treasury. Two additional...

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