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- America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer. Second Edition (1999)
ISBN 0-8795-4801-0 | Lester M. Salamon.
Used extensively in university courses on the nonprofit sector, this volume discusses the basic scope, structure, operation, and role of the nonprofit sector in the U.S. Places the sector into context in relation to government and the business sector and shows how the position of the nonprofit sector has changed over time. An updated third edition of this book is scheduled for publication in 2011. This download contains information from the cover of the book, as well as the table of contents. The full volume is available for purchase from Amazon.
- America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer. Third Edition (2012)
ISBN 978-1-59542-360-3 | Lester M. Salamon.
This third edition of the America's Nonprofit Sector series, which is used extensively in university courses on the nonprofit sector, updates the discussion of the scope, structure, operation, and role of the nonprofit sector in the U.S.; places the sector into context in relation to the U.S. government and the business sectors as well as the nonprofit sectors in other countries around the world; examines the changing state of the sector over time and looks ahead in light of today's challenges. This download contains information from the cover of the book, as well as the table of contents. The full volume is available for purchase from the Foundation Center or Amazon.
- Book Review: Leverage for Good & New Frontiers of Philanthropy (Alliance Magazine, 12.2014)
Alliance Magazine | Richard Holloway.
Book review of Lester Salamon's New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A guide to the new tools and actors re‑shaping global philanthropy and social investing and the companion volume, Leverage for Good: An introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment. This review appeared in the December 2014 issue of Alliance Magazine and is available online here.
- Building Advocacy from Within: Report on the West Coast Listening Post Project Roundtable on Nonprofit Advocacy and Lobbying (2011)
Summarizes the third Listening Post roundtable on the Project’s 2007 Nonprofit Advocacy and Lobbying Sounding. Participants agreed that nonprofits need to look inward to revitalize their advocacy efforts, and that coalitions, funders and policymakers must modify their stance toward advocacy and lobbying.
- California: Nonprofit Employment (2001)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #6 | Sarah Dewees and Lester M. Salamon.
This report presents information on the size, composition, and distribution of the private nonprofit sector in California as of the second quarter of the year 2000.
- Colorado: Return on Investment - The Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Sector in Colorado (2008)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #30 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie Lessans Geller, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Kevin Raines.
Part 1 of this report from the Colorado Nonprofit Association is an in-depth look at the size, scope, and growth of the Colorado nonprofit sector, evaluating the sector in terms of revenue, expenditures, assets, employment, wages, and the number of organizations. Part 2 of this report highlights the results of a statewide survey of Colorado nonprofits to ascertain the net contribution to the Colorado economy as a result of the net economic inflows.
- Connecticut: Nonprofit Employment (2002)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #8 | Sarah Dewees and Lester M. Salamon.
This report presents new information on the size, composition, and distribution of paid employment in the private nonprofit sector in Connecticut as of the end of the year 2000.
- Did You Know? Alliance Magazine March 2011
The privatization of governmental or quasi-governmental enterprises or assets offers a new avenue for resourcing community-based foundations in developing regions around the world. First published in the March 2011 issue of Alliance Magazine.
- Does the Focus on Paid-Staff Nonprofits Skew the True Scope of Voluntary Action? Evidence from a Case Study in Arts and Culture (2002)
CCSS Working Paper #20 | Stephan Toepler.
Much of our current understanding of the nonprofit sector and the degree of voluntary action in the United States is based on statistics drawn from official data sources that do not include information on small-scale grassroots activities. Some observers have argued that a focus on larger, paid-staff nonprofits has led to an inaccurate depiction of U.S. voluntary action. This paper presents data from a community study of cultural organizations, comparing small-scale groups to larger organizations to shed more light on the question of how skewed statistical maps based on official data sources might be.
- Employment in America’s Charities: A Profile (2006)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #26 | Lester M. Salamon and S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
Presents new information on employment in America’s charities, drawing on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), or ES-202 data system, operated by state employment security offices in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a new annual survey of volunteering carried out by the U.S. Census Bureau as part of its Current Population Survey. The report covers the full nonprofit workforce, including both paid and volunteer workers.
- Escalating Pension Benefit Costs - Another Threat to Nonprofit Survival? (2009)
Listening Post Communiqué #16 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and Kasey L. Mengel.
Explores the prevalence of pension and other retirement benefits at nonprofit organizations, the types of pressures nonprofit executives are experiencing relating to retirement benefit programs and how they are responding, and whether spiraling pension costs are putting nonprofits across the country at risk of shutting down.
- Explaining Nonprofit Advocacy: An Exploratory Analysis (2002)
CCSS Working Paper #21 | Lester M. Salamon.
Discusses the results of a survey of 3,400 nonprofit public-benefit organizations across the United States in the early 1980s that asked questions about the type and extent of advocacy activity in which they engaged; examines a number of possible explanations of the patterns of nonprofit advocacy activity that are apparent; tests these theories against the survey data; and outlines some of the major implications that seem to flow from the results.
- Florida: Florida’s Nonprofit Sector - An Economic Force (2008)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #29 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie Lessans Geller, S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
This report focuses on six major topics: 1. the enormous scale of Florida’s nonprofit sector—the numbers of organizations and their expenditures, assets, and numbers of workers; 2. the distribution of this nonprofit economic scale by field, region, and size of organization; 3. the sources of nonprofit revenue, and the relative position of its charitable support; 4. the dynamics of recent nonprofit growth; 5. the resulting changes in the “market position” of nonprofit providers; and 6. the relative wage levels of nonprofit and for-profit employers.
- Forward Together: Empowering America’s Citizen Sector for the Change We Need (2008)
Highlighting the role our nation’s nonprofit sector can play in economic recovery efforts, the Forward Together Declaration is an appeal to America’s public and private leadership to renew our country’s compact with the nonprofit sector through a series of actions that include reinvigorating and strengthening the partnership between government and the citizen sector, investing in citizen sector capacity to innovate and perform, and promoting new models of nonprofit finance. To date, over 400 nonprofit leaders have signed on to the Declaration. The Declaration was developed at a seminar that the Center organized under the auspices of its Listening Post Project.
- Georgia: Nonprofit Employment (2004)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #16 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie Lessans Geller.
This report presents information on the size, composition, and distribution of paid employment in the private nonprofit sector in Georgia as of the second quarter of 2002.
- Health Care and Nonprofits: The Hidden Dimension of America’s Health Care Crisis (2009)
Listening Post Communiqué #15 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and Kasey L. Spence.
Analyzes the impact of the continuing escalation of health insurance costs on nonprofit organizations and those they employ.
- Holding the Center: America’s Nonprofit Sector at a Crossroads (1997)
ISBN 1-8863-3327-0 | Lester M. Salamon.
Published by the Foundation Center, this volume explores the challenges confronting the American nonprofit sector and suggests some steps that could be taken to renew the sector and reinvigorate its popular base. This download contains information from the cover of the book, as well as the table of contents. The full volume is available for purchase from Amazon.
- Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil (2012)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #39 | Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowsi, and Stephanie L.Geller.
This report presents previously unavailable data on year-to-year changes in employment in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States from January 2000 through June 2010, with a special focus on how nonprofit employment fared during the 2007-2009 recession. Initial findings published in September 2011 are available here.
- Illinois: Nonprofit Employment (2001)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #4 | Sarah Dewees and Lester M. Salamon.
This report published by Donors Forum of Chicago presents information on the size, composition, and distribution of the private nonprofit sector in Illinois as of the end of the year 2000.
- Illinois: Nonprofit Employment Update (2005)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #21 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie Lessans Geller.
This report presents information on the size, composition, distribution, and growth of paid employment in the private nonprofit sector in Illinois as of the end of 2003, and updates an earlier analysis of private nonprofit employment in Illinois covering 2000.
- Illinois: Nonprofit Employment Update (2012)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #40 | Lester M. Salamon & Stephanie L. Geller, with the technical assistance of S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
This report, produced with the support of Donors Forum, presents information on the size, composition, distribution, and growth of paid employment in the private nonprofit sector in Illinois as of the third quarter of 2011, and updates earlier analyses of private nonprofit employment in Illinois covering 2000 and 2003. This report can also be downloaded from Donors Forum, and a press release can be found here.
- Impact of the 2007-09 Economic Recession on Nonprofit Organizations (2009)
Listening Post Communiqué #14 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and Kasey L. Spence.
Investigates whether nonprofits are facing a decline in revenues and whether they have been forced to reduce their programs and services as a result of the economic downturn. Also describes how nonprofits are responding to recent financial pressures and what consequences, if any, they have had to endure.
- In Search of the Nonprofit Sector: Improving the state of the art (2001)
CCSS Working Paper #18 & Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #3 | Lester M. Salamon and Sarah Dewees. Identifies a set of criteria for evaluating the data sources currently available on the scale and structure of the U.S. nonprofit sector, applies these criteria to the existing sources of data to identify gaps that still exist, and describes how the work now underway through the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Employment Project (NED) seeks to address these gaps and what the results have been to date. NED utilizes the ES-202 data source, a source of data on nonprofit employment and wages collected by State Employment Security Agencies as part of the federal government’s joint federal-state unemployment insurance program.
- Indiana: Indiana Nonprofit Employment - Historical Trends in Minor Nonprofit Industries, 1995-2011 (2015)
Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Rachel Breck, Rachel L. Miller, and Deb Seltzer.
Using the methodology developed by our NED Project, this report from Indiana University presents new data on the size,
composition, and distribution of paid employment over the 1995-2011 time period in Indiana’s private nonprofit organizations in a broad range of industries traditionally dominated by for-profit industries. Published February 2015.
- Indiana: Nonprofit Employment (2005)
Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #22 | Kirsten A. Grønbjerg and Erich T. Eschmann.
Published by Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs this report presents information on the size, composition, and distribution of paid employment in the private nonprofit sector in Indiana between 2000 and 2003.