Beating the Odds: The Center in 2013

According to Viking tradition, Loki, the uninvited 13th guest at a banquet of gods in Valhalla, orchestrated the assassination of Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and goodness. Reflecting this and similar stories, folkloric traditions around the world have long attributed a pall of misfortune to the number 13.   Fortunately, our Center was able to beat these odds and turn this nearly completed thirteenth year of the twenty-first century into an abundant source of joy and goodness. More specifically, 2013 for us was full of Culminations, Beginnings, and Connections.       Perhaps the most gratifying source of 2013’s joy and goodness has been the range of long-standing Center initiatives that came to culmination during this year. New Frontiers of Philanthropy Book. A major highlight of the past year was the completion of a major volume on the New Frontiers of Philanthropy edited by Center Director Lester Salamon. This book, to be published by Oxford University Press, brought together an all-star team of experts to author chapters on such topics as “capital aggregators,” “social secondary markets,” “social stock exchanges,” “foundations as philanthropic banks,” “loans and credit enhancements,” “securitization,” and other strange lifeforms occupying the “new frontiers of...

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NEWS RELEASE | The State of Global Civil Society & Volunteering – Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook

  Today, we are happy to announce the release of our new report, “The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering – Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook,” which compares data from the 16 countries that have produced nonprofit satellite accounts. Please see the news release below. You can also see an infographic here, and you can download the full, 16-page report here.     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NONPROFITS A MAJOR SOURCE OF EMPLOYMENT GROWTH GLOBALLY SAYS NEW JOHNS HOPKINS REPORT A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies reveals that nonprofit organizations are major employers and major sources of employment growth in countries throughout the world. The report draws on new data generated by statistical offices in sixteen countries that have implemented a new United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions. This Handbook calls on national statistical offices to report on the economic scale and composition of nonprofit organizations in their countries for the first time.   Key findings to date from implementation of this Handbook, as summarized in this report, include these:   A major employer In 6 of the 16 countries for which data are available, nonprofits employ 10...

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New international comparative data from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook

On Monday, March 11, we will be releasing our newest data comparing the nonprofit sectors in 16 countries. This data is the result of the implementation of the United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. This data sheds new light on the true scope and scale of the nonprofit sector in these countries. Below is a small taste of the data featured in the report “The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest Findings from the implementation of the U.N. Nonprofit Handbook.”     click to download....

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