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- Comparative Data Tables (2004)
Drawn from Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, Volume 2, these compiled tables and figures compare data from 36 countries. This packet includes tables on 1) volunteering and giving as a share of GDP by country; 2) the civil society sector workforce as a percent of the economically active population; 3) volunteering in 36 countries; 4) the civil society sector workforce by field; 5) civil society sector sources of support; and 6) volunteering and giving as a share of GDP by country. This is the most recent comparative data available from the Center; circa 1995-2002.
- 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.
- 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.
- Investment Capital: The New Challenge for American Nonprofits (2006)
Listening Post Communiqué #5 | Lester M. Salamon with Stephanie L. Geller.
Explores the special challenges nonprofit organizations face in generating investment capital and the degree of success they have had in overcoming them.
- Michigan Hosts Roundtable on Nonprofit Investment Capital (2009)
Stephanie Lessans Geller and Lester M. Salamon.
Summarizes the findings of the second Listening Post roundtable on the Project’s 2006 Nonprofit Investment Capital Sounding. Discussion revolved around 2 main themes: how nonprofits can gain access to investment capital, and the impact of the current credit crisis on their ability to access investment capital now and into the foreseeable future.
- Nonprofit Fiscal Trends and Challenges (2007)
Listening Post Communiqué #6 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie L. Geller.
Reports on how nonprofits are coping with challenges such as shifts in government funding, changes in public behavior, new technological demands, growing competition, and major demographic alterations
- Pushing Back on Taxation of Nonprofits: Some Lessons from the Field: Report from a Listening Post Project Webinar (2012)
Hillary Belzer. Summarizes the findings from the Listening Post Project’s April 2012 webinar on nonprofit taxation and describes four strategies nonprofits can use to fight against proposals for taxes, PILOTs and other fees. This webinar followed up on the Project's 2011 sounding "Taxing the Tax Exempt Sector - A Growing Danger for Nonprofit Organizations".
- Recession Pressures on Nonprofit Jobs (2010)
Listening Post Communiqué #19 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and Kasey L. Mengel.
Examines the impact of the recession is on the nonprofit workforce and on the ability of nonprofits to respond to expanding needs, as well as the potential benefits of the recently enacted HIRE Act to nonprofit employment.
- Report on the Nonprofit Investment Capital Roundtable (2007)
Listening Post Communiqué #7 | Stephanie Lessans Geller and Lester M. Salamon with Nancy Hall.
Summarizes the findings of the Listening Post roundtable on the Project’s 2006 Nonprofit Investment Capital Sounding. Nonprofits emphasized that they cannot access sufficient investment capital, and providers indicated that capital is available and financial instruments exist that can meet nonprofit needs. Thus, a major disconnect exists between these groups. Participants brainstormed ways to help bridge this gap, including education and the use of financial intermediaries and tax credits.
- Seizing the Day: Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis (Nonprofit Quarterly, 2009)
Nonprofit Quarterly | Winter 2009.
This interview with Center Director Lester Salamon from Nonprofit Quarterly Winter 2009, discusses the impact of changes in the funding environment over the past decade, the need for nonprofits to increase access to investment capital and to engage in lobbying and advocacy, and ways for the nonprofit sector to cope with and thrive during the economic downturn. The Center is grateful to Nonprofit Quarterly for allowing us to post this piece.
- Shovel-Ready but Stalled: Infrastructure Project List (2009)
State-by-state list of reported nonprofit "shovel-ready" infrastructure projects lacking funding as of February 2009. Supplemental to Listening Post Communiqué #12, "Shovel-Ready" but Stalled: Nonprofit Infrastructure Projects Ready for Economic Recovery Support.
- Shovel-Ready but Stalled: Nonprofit Infrastructure Projects Ready for Economic Recovery Support (2009)
Listening Post Communiqué #12 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, Kasey L. Spence, and Wojciech Sokolowsk.
Examines the scope of the problem of stalled shovel-ready infrastructure projects at the nation’s nonprofit organizations. A state-by-state list of shovel-ready projects is available as a supplement to this report.
- Stressed but Coping: Nonprofit Organizations and the Current Fiscal Crisis (2004)
Listening Post Communiqué #2 | Lester M. Salamon and Richard O’Sullivan.
Documents the effects of recent economic weakness and government budget cuts on a significant group of the nation’s charitable organizations and those they serve, and assesses how the organizations have responded.
- Taxing the Tax-Exempt Sector - A Growing Danger for Nonprofit Organizations (2011)
Listening Post Communiqué #21 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and S. Wojciech Sokolowski.
Examines the extent to which nonprofits are paying taxes, fees, or alternative voluntary payments to local government, the impact of these payments on nonprofits, what nonprofits think of new fee/tax proposals, and what are they doing in response.
- [News Release] Billions in Nonprofit Projects Halted by Credit Crisis: Johns Hopkins researchers estimate $166 billion in infrastructure projects delayed nationwide (2009)
News release | 17 February 2009.
Announces the release of the Listening Post Project's report "'Shovel-Ready' but Stalled: Nonprofit Infrastructure Projects Ready for Economic Recovery Support" and provides some summary findings.
- [News Release] Perfect Storm of Fiscal Stress Hits Nonprofits (2009)
News release | 29 June 2009.
Announces the release of the Listening Post Project's report " “Impact of the 2007-09 Economic Recession on Nonprofit Organizations" and provides some summary findings.
- [News Release] Recession Taking a Toll on Nonprofit Workers and Programs (2010)
News release | 14 July 2010.
Announces the release of the Listening Post Project's report " Recession Pressures on Nonprofit Jobs" and provides some summary findings.
- [News Release] Taxing the Tax-Exempt Sector: New Report from Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project (2011)
News release | 18 April 2010.
Announces the release of the Listening Post Project's report "Taxing the Tax-Exempt Sector—A Growing Danger for Nonprofit Organizations" and provides some summary findings.