GETTING STARTED

This page provides step-by-step instructions for using the Nonprofit Works Wizard, which will walk you through the steps to choose your data and generate a figure or table. This page is divided into two sections: first, a FAQ about the site; and second, a step-by-step tutorial for making your first selections.

Frequently Asked Questions

What data are available?
Nonprofit Works provides access to data on:

  • Nonprofit paid employment from 1990-2017 by state, county, metropolitan statistical area (MSA, 2013-2017), and field of activity.
  • Nonprofit establishments from 1990-2017 by state, county, MSA (2013-2017), and field of activity.
  • Total annual wages paid by nonprofits from 1990-2017 by state, county, MSA (2013-2017), and field of activity.
  • Average weekly wage paid by nonprofits from 1990-2017 by state, county, MSA (2013-2017), and field of activity.*
  • Comparison to employment, establishments, and wages in the for-profit and government (all levels) sectors by state, county, MSA (2013-2017), and field of activity.*
  • Nonprofit share of private (nonprofit + for-profit) or total (nonprofit + for-profit + government) employment, establishments, and wages by state, county, MSA (2013-2017), and field of activity.*
  • Nonprofit employment and wages in comparison to other major economic sectors including manufacturing, construction, retail trade, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services by state, county, and MSA.*
  • Nonprofit data in relation to total population and per capita median income.*

In what ways can I compare these data?
When you visit the site, you can immediately create figures comparing either nonprofit employment or total annual wages across any of the following: up to five geographical regions in a single industry and a single year; up to five industries in a single geographical region and a single year; or up to five years in a single geographical region and a single industry.

Can I compare more data points? Yes! By creating a user account membership, you will be able to make more robust comparisons, including nonprofit employment or total annual wages across a maximum of five selections in any two of the available dimensions—geographical regions, industries, or years. The third dimension will be limited to a single selection, however.

Why are some options not available (greyed out)? Throughout the site, you may notice that some parameters appear grey and are not available for selection. There may be several reasons for this, which should be noted when you encounter them. One reason may be that you have not created or signed into your account—options that are only available to signed-in members (such as two multi-parameter selections) will be unavailable to unregistered visitors. All users will also encounter greyed-out data when those data are not available for disclosure/suppression reasons. A full explanation of these data availability limitations can be found here.

What visualization options will I have? Once you have selected your data parameters, you will be able to choose a visualization in the form of a bar chart, pie chart, graph, or table; visualizations options will be limited by your data selections, however, as not all options are applicable to all data. When you choose a chart or graph, you will also have the option to customize your colors, and to choose which dimension to display on the X and Y axes as applicable.

How do I save my visualization? Users who have not created an account will not be able to download their visualizations. Once you have created a free account, however, you can download your visualization as an image file (.png), a PDF file, or as a machine-readable file (.csv).

Can I save my searches or selections for future access? Users who have not created an account will not be able to save their selections. However, once you have created a user account, you can save several options for quick access the next time you visit the site, including your geographical choice, your industry selection, and your preferred visualization option. You can also save multiple preferred searches and visualization options.

How to use the Data Section Wizard

Below, we provide step-by-step instructions to using the Data Selection Wizard for the first time. Once you create a user account, your primary selections (state, industry, and visualization preference) will be saved and you will be able to skip several of the steps below. You will also be able to save full searches for quick access.

The Data Selection Wizard also provides helpful tips and instructions for each step by clicking on the icons.

STEP 1: DIMENSIONS First, choose your preferred localization level. You can choose to look at state-level data, county-level data, Metro Statistical Area (MSA) data, or to compare state-level data to data from counties within that state. All states, counties, and the District of Columbia are available for all years; MSA data and data for Puerto Rico are available for 2013-2017.

Second, choose whether you would like to look at nonprofit employment, nonprofit establishments, total annual nonprofit wages, or average weekly nonprofit wages*. Note that only employment data are available for 2015.

Once you have made your selections, click "next" to go to Step 2.

STEP 2: CONTEXTUALIZATION*
This step allows you to put your nonprofit data into context. The contextual data output through this step will reflect your selections in all other steps of the Wizard. You will have four options, of which you will only be able to choose one in a given search:

  • OPTION 1: If you would like to compare nonprofits to their counterparts IN THE SAME FIELD OF ACTIVITY in the for-profit and/or government sectors, select one or both of the options under OPTION 1.
  • OPTION 2: If you would like to see what percent of employment, establishments, or total annual wages are accounted for by nonprofits, you can choose either total private (nonprofit + for-profit) or total (nonprofit + for-profit + government), select one of the options under OPTION 2. Note that this option is not available for average weekly wages.
  • OPTION 3: If you would like to see demand indicators for nonprofit services, you can choose to see total population and per capita median income. You can select one or both of these parameters under OPTION 3. Note that these data will only be available to output as a table/.csv file.
  • OPTION 4: If you would like to see how nonprofit employment or wages compare to those in other major industries (i.e., manufacturing, construction, retail trade, finance and insurance, and accommodation and food services), you can do so in one of two ways. You can either choose to see a direct comparison of total employment, annual wages, or average weekly wages in the nonprofit sector compared to these 5 industries OR to see the percent of private employment or total annual wages represented by each industry. Note that this option is not available if you have chosen establishments in Step 1, and that your choice of field of activity in Step 5 will be limited to “all fields.”

Once you have made your selections, click "next" to go to Step 3.

STEP 3: GEOGRAPHY
If you chose to look at state-level data in Step 1, check the box(es) next to the state(s) or territory in which you are interested.

If you chose to look at data on the county level or to compare a state/territory's overall data to a selection of its counties, first choose your state/territory, and then, in the second selection field, choose up to 5 counties to include in your comparison.

If you chose to look at data on the Metro Statistical Area (MSA) level, check the box(es) next to the MSA(s) in which you are interested.

In this step, you can also choose to include U.S. total nonprofit employment as well, however, please note that this will limit your year selections to 2007 and later.

Once you have made your selections, click "next" to go to Step 4.

STEP 4: TIMEFRAME
Select the year or years you would like to see. What you can choose here will be determined by your previous choices and data availability. Note that, if you chose MSA data, you will be limited to 2013-2017 in this step.

Single Year: If you selected more than one geographic area in Step 3 and plan to select more than one field of activity in Step 5, you must choose a single year of data to display.

Year Range: If you have selected only one geographic area in Step 2 and/or plan to select only one field or activity in Step 5, you can choose up to 5 years of data to display.

Once you have made your selections, click "next" to go to Step 5.

STEP 5: FIELDS OF ACTIVITY
Now you can choose up to 5 fields of activity in which nonprofits are present for comparison. You will be able to choose only those industries where nonprofit data are available for the geographic area(s) and year(s) you selected in the previous steps. In addition, the number of industries you can select will be limited based on your previous selections, membership level, and data availability. If you want to look at overall nonprofit employment or wages, click the "All fields" box.

The fields of activity listed here are based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes, which break activity into both 2-digit “parent” industries (e.g., Educational services), and more specific 3-digit “sub-industries” (e.g., Colleges and universities) You can use the “change sorting” toggle to change the sorting between alphabetical and hierarchical, with the 3-digit industries listed below their 2-digit parent.

Once you have made your selections, click "next" to go to Step 6.

STEP 6: VISUALIZATION
When you hover over the six available visualization types, the available figures for the comparison you have chosen will be highlighted. Click on your choice, and then click "next" to review your selections and to finalize the layout and design of your figure in Step 7.

STEP 7: FINAL REVIEW
This panel displays the choices that you have made, and allows you to manipulate the visualization that you will generate. You can choose what to display on the x- and y-axes if applicable and customize your colors using a selection tool or by inputting a hex color code. When you are satisfied with your selections and colors, click "Finish" to generate your figure.

ADJUSTING YOUR DATA PARAMETERS AND VISUALIZATION AND DOWNLOADING

If you would like to change any of your selections, you can do so from the visualization screen by clicking on the green boxes above the figure. If you would like to change the type of figure, you can do so by clicking on an alternate visualization on the left.

To download your visualization, choose from the available formats located above the top right-hand corner of the figure/table box. This will automatically download the visualization or table to your computer. Note that this option is only available to logged-in users.

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