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Sub-Categories: Listening Post Publications (42) | New Frontiers in Philanthropy Publications (17) | Nonprofit Economic Data Publications (65)

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  • What Do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the nonprofit value commitment (2012)
    Listening Post Communiqué #22 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and Chelsea L. Newhouse. This Communiqué reports on the Listening Post Project's survey on nonprofit values. The survey found a widespread consensus that seven values−being productive, effective, enriching, empowering, responsive, reliable, and caring−lie at the core of the nonprofit sector. However, the survey also found that many nonprofit leaders feel that the sector must do a better job of articulating and communicating these values among their stakeholders in the media, government, and general public. In addition to providing the results of this first-of-its-kind survey, this report also puts forth a proposed "renewal strategy" for the sector, to help nonprofits recommit to their core values and to provide a common language for communicating those core values to crucial stakeholders in light of the profound challenges facing the sector around the U.S. today.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Policy Tools and Government Performance (2002)
    Summarizes the proceedings of a 2002 conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. General Accounting Office, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, which examined the implications of new of tools of public action for government performance in the United States. The conference was designed to acquaint both policy scholars and practitioners with these alternative tools, and with the "tools approach" that focuses attention on them, and to establish an agenda for future action that might improve the operation of public programs by sensitizing policy makers and policy administrators to the distinctive features and operating demands of the various tools that public programs embody.

  • The State of Nonprofit America, Second Edition (2012)
    ISBN 978-0-8157-0330-3 | Lester M. Salamon, Ed. This is the second edition of The State of Nonprofit America examines the forces at work on the U.S. nonprofit sector – voluntarism, professionalism, civic activism, and commercialism – and the tensions among these impulses. In the second edition of an immensely successful volume, Lester Salamon and his colleagues offer an overview of the current state of America’s nonprofit sector, examining the forces that are shaping its future and identifying the changes that might be needed. This edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect changing political realities and the punishing economic climate currently battering the nonprofit sector, which faces significant financial challenges during a time when its services are needed more than ever. This download contains the flyer for the book, and the table of contents. A sample chapter and ordering information are available at Brookings Press.

  • The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance (2002)
    ISBN 0-19-513665-9 | Edited by Lester M. Salamon. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002). Examines the emerging tools of public action and the implications they have for public management and policy design. An Overview chapter outlines the "new governance" concept and relates it to prior approaches to public management. Subsequent chapters then examine each of the major tools. A concluding section explores the implications of the "new governance" for accountability, management, and democratic control. This download includes the Table of Contents and the Introductory chapter. The full book is available in hardback, Kindle, and rental editions at Amazon.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #1: Social Regulation
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents that illustrate the operation of a government program that embodies social regulation as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for implementing and managing a regulatory program involving social or environmental regulation.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #5: Government Corporations and Government Sponsored Enterprises
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents that illustrate the operation of a government program that provides public services through a government corporation or a government sponsored enterprise as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for (1) creating and managing a government corporation and (2) creating and supervising a government sponsored enterprise.

  • [News Release] Nonprofits a surprising bright spot in national jobs picture (2010)
    News release | 2 September 2010. Based on data from 21 states, this 2010 Labor Day news release shows that nonprofit employment actually grew by an average of 2.5 percent per year between the second quarter of 2007 and the second quarter of 2009, the worst part of the recent recession. Includes tables on additional findings.

  • Virginia: Virginia's Nonprofit Sector - Shaping the economic, cultural, and social landscape (2012)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #41 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie L.. Geller. This report updates the 2008 report "Virginia's Nonprofit Sector: An Economic Force." The report includes the data on the overall size of Virginia’s nonprofit sector; the distribution of this nonprofit activity by field, region, and size of organization; the sources of nonprofit revenue; the extent of recent nonprofit growth; the resulting changes in the “market position” of nonprofit providers; and the relative wage levels of nonprofit and for-profit employers. Data is from 2000-2011. This version was revised on 12.12.2012 to reflect a correction to Figure 3.5.

  • 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.

  • The 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report (6.2020)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #48 | Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse. The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies’ 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report examines new data on employment and wages in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States. This report draws on the rich body of data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages from 2007 through 2017 (the most recent year for which data are available), examines available data on COVID-19 job losses to estimate the impact on nonprofits through the first three months of the U.S. pandemic response, and highlights new BLS data on the number of employees in nonprofit firms to understand eligibility for COVID-related federal support funding.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #4: Tort Liability
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents in the form of litigation documents and state and federal statutes, that illustrate the operation of tort liability as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for implementing and managing a tort liability‐based program or policy.

  • Tools of Government Workbook #2: Government Insurance
    These "workbooks" illustrate the operating mechanics of some of the major tools of government action as described through the The Tools of Government: A Guide to the New Governance. This workbook includes original source documents that illustrate the operation of a government program that embodies insurance as a tool of government. It is designed to help the reader better understand the process for implementing and managing a government insurance program.

  • 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.

  • OVERVIEW: Nonprofits Continue to Add Jobs in the Current Downturn, but Rate of Job Growth Falters
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #37 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie Lessans Geller, and S. Wojciech Sokolowski. This document presents the initial analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data describes recent changes in U.S. nonprofit employment, compares these to for-profit employment, and looks at growth patterns by state and by nonprofit field. The full report entitled "Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil" is available here.

  • Louisiana: Nonprofit Employment (2001)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #5 | Sarah Dewees and Lester M. Salamon. This report presents information on the size, composition, and distribution of employment in the private nonprofit sector in Louisiana as of the end of the year 2000.

  • South Carolina: Nonprofit Employment (2001)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #6a | Sarah Dewees and Lester M. Salamon. This report presents information on the size, composition, and distribution of the private nonprofit sector in South Carolina as of the end of the year 2000.

  • Texas: Nonprofit Employment Update (2010)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #35 | 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 Texas as of the second quarter of 2008, and updates two earlier analyses of private nonprofit employment in Texas covering 2000 and 2004.

  • Nonprofits, Innovation, and Performance Measurement: Separating Fact from Fiction (2010)
    Listening Post Communiqué #17 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and Kasey L. Mengel. Describes the record of innovation and performance measurement in the nation’s nonprofit sector as well as what obstacles, if any, stand in the way of even more effective activity in this area. Also see: Report on the Listening Post Project’s Nonprofit Innovations Webinar (2011).

  • West Virginia: Nonprofit Employment (2001)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #2 | Sarah Dewees and Lester M. Salamon. This report presents information on the size and distribution of the private nonprofit sector in West Virginia as of the end of 1999.

  • The 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report (2019)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #47 | Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse. The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies’ 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report examines new data on employment and wages in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States. This report draws on the rich body of data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages from 2007 through 2016 (the most recent year for which data are available).

  • 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.

  • The Nonprofit Technology Gap: Myth or Reality? (2010)
    Listening Post Communiqué #20 | Stephanie L. Geller, Alan J. Abramson, and Erwin de Leon. Investigates whether nonprofits been able to integrate sophisticated technologies into their operations and use such technologies to support and enhance delivery of their programs and services. Also examines what variations, if any, exist by organizational size, age, service area, and field, and what challenges are limiting nonprofits’ use of information technologies and preventing them from using such technologies effectively.

  • Report on the Listening Post Project Chicago Roundtable on Nonprofit Advocacy and Lobbying (2010)
    Listening Post Communiqué #18 | Chelsea Newhouse. Summarizes the findings of the second Listening Post roundtable on the Project’s 2007 Nonprofit Advocacy and Lobbying Sounding. The discussion focused on what assets are available to the sector and how to better leverage them to support advocacy efforts.


 

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