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 American economy—larger than all branches of manufacturing combined, and behind only retail trade and accommodation and food services.
Without ready access to hard data, nonprofit leaders and advocates are often at a disadvantage in countering gross misperceptions about the considerable scale and economic contribution of these organizations or in alerting sector to leaders to important sector trends. This is where Nonprofit Works comes in.
Through Nonprofit Works’ easy-to-use 7-step Data Selection Wizard, you will be able to answer crucial questions like:

  • How many people work for nonprofits in your state, county, or city?
  • How does this compare to other major industries that may attract more attention and support?
  • In what fields are these nonprofit jobs concentrated?
  • How do nonprofit jobs and wages compare to those in for-profit companies or government agencies working in the same fields?
  • How much have nonprofits contributed to job growth?
  • Are nonprofits present where they are most needed in your community?
  • What key trends are affecting nonprofit employment or wages over a chosen time period?


Click here to get started exploring Nonprofit Works 3.0


About Nonprofit Works

Nonprofit Works is an interactive database created by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies. It builds on two decades of experience producing detailed reports on the nonprofit workforce in states and communities across the country and draws on official U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys that also cover government and for-profit workplaces, making it possible to compare nonprofit employment and wages to those in these other sectors over time. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on using the Nonprofit Works Data Selection Wizard.

Nonprofit Works Memberships

Nonprofit Works offers two tiers of access-Basic and Premium:

  • The Basic Tier offers users much of the benefit of Nonprofit Works for free.
  • The Premium Tier, available for a small fee, provides access to the following refinements: (a) comparative and contextual data—such as average weekly wages, how nonprofit employment and wag-es compare to those of for-profits in the same fields, and how nonprofit employment and wages compare to those in major for-profit industries; and (b) additional advanced user features, including more download options and saved searches.
  • Multiple-Access Discount options. To foster wider use of the data, discount options are avail-able for securing Nonprofit Works Premium access for multiple employees of an organization, for multiple members of networks or associations, or for multiple grantees of funders. The Center for Civil Society Studies’ team will be happy to work with you to customize these member-ships to fit your needs and budget. Please contact us with any questions or to get started.


For further information on the BLS QCEW database and the methodology used to extract nonprofit data from BLS files, click here.

Nonprofit Works was made possible by the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Premium membership payment support is provided by the East-West Management Institute.


About the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies | email
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today. The Center conducts research and educational programs that seek to improve current understanding, analyze emerging trends, and promote promising innovations in the ways that government, civil society, and business can collaborate to address social and environmental challenges.
About the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project (NED) | link
Nonprofit organizations are facing increased pressures in states and localities throughout the United States, but the nonprofit sector’s ability to respond to these pressures has been limited by a lack of timely information about how prevailing economic realities are affecting the sector. The Johns Hopkins Non-profit Economic Data Project (NED) is helping to tackle this problem by charting economic trends in the nonprofit sector including how employment, wages, and finances have changed over time and in relation to other industries. Moreover, the project is able to analyze these data at the national, regional, state, and local levels, and to focus on particular subsectors—such as nursing homes, hospitals, home health centers, education, social services, and the arts. A collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, state employment security agencies, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and state nonprofit associations, the NED Project has thus far produced almost 50 state, county, and regional Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletins since its founding in 2001, yielding a vital resource for understanding the nonprofit sector.



Chelsea Newhouse

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Chelsea Newhouse served as the Center's Communications Manager and managed the Nonprofit Economic Data and Philanthropication thru Privatization Projects. Prior to joining the Center in 2008, she worked for the Johns Hopkins University Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, the Baltimore Sun, and as a community organizer for Clean Water Action and the Democratic National Committee. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. Following the Center's closing, Chelsea now serves as Project Manager at the East-West Management Institute, where she continues to work on the Philanthropication thru Privatization Project and other civil society development initiatives around the world. Chelsea can be reached at