The End of an Era: Center for Civil Society Studies ceases operations

Dear Friends and Colleagues: It is with a mix of gratitude and sadness that I share the news that the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies will officially cease active operations as of Friday, January 14, 2022. While this decision was difficult, it is the only appropriate course of action following the passing of our Founder and Director, Dr. Lester Salamon in August of last year. Since its founding in 1987, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies has served as a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, volunteering, and the tools of government. Working in nearly 50 countries and involving more than 800 researchers over its 35-year history, the Center always prioritized collaboration, working closely with governments, the United Nations Statistics Division, the International Labour Organization, statistical agencies, nonprofit and volunteer associations, and independent researchers around the world to put this sector on the economic map of countries for the first time. The result is an unparalleled body of global data on this sector and a far deeper understanding of the role it plays in countries around the world. Dr. Salamon was particularly proud of the global community of scholars,...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, DECEMBER 2021 | A final update on the nonprofit jobs recovery

January 11, 2022 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through December 2021, as reflected in the December BLS Employment Situation Report. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in December 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that left nonprofit employment as of December compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record during 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in December 2021 As shown in Figure 1, nonprofits added an estimated 9,246 jobs during December, reducing the total lost jobs by 2% of the 468,116 jobs still estimated to be missing as of November. Of the major fields of nonprofit activity that we track, religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations recovered the highest share of their missing jobs, with 2,869 added workers representing an 8% reduction in the number of jobs missing in these...

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NOW AVAILABLE: Maryland Nonprofit Economic Impact Report & Data Dashboard

Nonprofit sector drives economic and community development in Maryland The Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project and Maryland Nonprofits are pleased to release Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers. This report is the first comprehensive study of the nonprofit sector in Maryland in five years and is available for free download here.   “This report demonstrates what we have always known,” said Maryland Nonprofits President & CEO Heather Iliff, “that nonprofit organizations are essential drivers of economic and community development in Maryland.”   Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers tapped the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Business Master File and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) to offer insight into Maryland’s nonprofit sector’s size, scope, and growth.   Highlighting the economic impact of Maryland’s nonprofit sector, the report finds that nonprofits employ 280,000 workers—nearly 13% of all non-governmental workers in Maryland—and more than every other major private industry in the state, with the single exception of retail trade. These nonprofit workers earned nearly $16 billion in total wages in 2017, with the average weekly nonprofit wage nearly equal to wages in the for-profit sector as a whole.   Other key findings include: Maryland’s nonprofits are a...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2021 | Nonprofits add just 5,000 jobs in November

December 10, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through November 2021, as reflected in the November BLS Employment Situation Report. On the heels of a strong recovery in October, the nonprofit workforce added just 5,000 jobs in November during a weak month overall. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in November 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of November compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through November 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in November 2021 As shown in Figure 1, November saw a small gain of 5,274 nonprofit jobs, reducing the total lost jobs by just 1% of the 490,464 jobs still estimated to be missing as of October. Of the major fields of nonprofit activity that we track, religious, grantmaking, civic,...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, OCTOBER 2021 | Nonprofit recovery rises to 70% of initial job losses

November 15, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through October 2021, as reflected in the October BLS Employment Situation Report. Following an anemic September, October’s report brought good news—with nonprofits adding nearly 45,000 jobs during the month, the sector has now recovered 70% of the 1.64 million jobs initially estimated to have been lost during the first three months of the pandemic. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in October 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of October compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through October 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in October 2021 As shown in Figure 1, October saw a significant gain of 44,576 nonprofit jobs, reducing the total lost jobs by 8.3% of the 536,073 jobs still lost as...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2021 | Nonprofits shed jobs for the first time since December 2020

October 12, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through September 2021, as reflected in the September BLS Employment Situation Report. For the first time this year, September’s jobs report showed an overall decline in nonprofit jobs, led by a sizable loss of jobs in the education and health care sectors. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in September 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of September compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through September 2021. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in September 2021 As shown in Figure 1, September saw a small reversal in the recovery of nonprofit jobs, with employment in the sector as a whole declining by an estimated 2,500 workers compared to August’s total—representing an...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, AUGUST 2021 | Nonprofits add just 42,000 workers in August as job recovery slows

September 13, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through August 2021, as reflected in the August BLS Employment Situation Report. Following two strong months of recovery, August’s BLS data reflected an overall slowing of job gains as the impact of the Delta variant was seen for the first time. During the month, the overall private, non-farm economy added just 243,000 jobs nationwide during the month. Of these added jobs, approximately 42,000 were in nonprofit institutions, with educational institutions again seeing the majority of these gains ahead of the new school year. Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment in August 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of August compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels based on the recovery record from January through August 2021. PART 1 | Change...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, JULY 2021 | Nonprofits add nearly 70,000 jobs, with educational institutions leading the way

August 18, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through July 2021, as reflected in the July BLS Employment Situation Report. July’s BLS data showed a robust gain of 700,000, private non-farm jobs nationwide during the month. While over 60% of those total jobs accrued to accommodation and food service businesses, all fields in which nonprofits operate saw gains during the month as well. What is more, a revision of June’s data included in the July report resulted in sizable retroactive gains for June in two important nonprofit fields—education and religious, grantmaking, civic, professional associations.   Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment during July 2021. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of July 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Change...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, JUNE 2021 | An overall strong recovery, but a loss of 5,300 health care jobs

July 13, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through June 2021, as reflected in the June BLS Employment Situation Report. Importantly for the nonprofit sector, two of the strongest gains over the month were recorded in the education field and the arts. However, the crucial health care field saw a significant loss of jobs during June.   Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment over the most recent month. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of June 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in June 2021 As shown in Figure 1, June saw a sizable gain of more than 60,000 nonprofit jobs compared to May 2021’s total—representing a gain of over 8% of the estimated 745,000...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, MAY 2021 | Nonprofit job recovery rebounds in May, with a gain of 63,000 jobs

June 14, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through May 2021, as reflected in the May BLS Employment Situation Report. Following a weak showing in April, May’s BLS data reported a more robust gain of 492,000, private non-farm jobs nationwide during the month. While accommodation and food services—a field in which nonprofits represent only a small fraction of overall employment—recorded the strongest growth during May, two important nonprofit-dominated fields—education and arts—saw strong growth as well.   Part 1 of this report spotlights the changes in nonprofit employment over the most recent month. Part 2 then details the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and notes where that leaves nonprofit employment as of May 2021 compared to the pre-pandemic period. Against this backdrop, Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Change in Nonprofit Jobs in May 2021 As shown in Figure 1, May saw a sizable gain of...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, APRIL 2021 | Rate of Nonprofit Job Recovery Slows Significantly in April

May 14, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse     In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through April 2021, as reflected in the April BLS Employment Situation Report. Following a major rebound in March, BLS data showed only marginal growth in overall private employment in April, totaling just 218,000 private, non-farm jobs nationwide during the month. Of these, the majority accrued to the leisure and hospitality industry, a field in which nonprofits represent only a small fraction of overall employment. In addition, two of the major nonprofit fields—education and health care—saw overall employment losses in April, reversing a positive showing in March.   In Part 1 of this report we provide an overview of nonprofit job changes since February 2020 and spotlight the changes over the most recent month. In Part 2 we detail the recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and where that leaves nonprofit employment as of April 2021; and in Part 3, we provide an updated estimate of the time it will take the nonprofit sector to return to...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, MARCH 2021 | Nonprofits Regained Nearly 81,000 Jobs in March, but Still Face a Long Road to Full Recovery

April 14, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through March 2021, as reflected in the March BLS Employment Situation Report. BLS data showed strong overall growth of 916,000 private, non-farm jobs nationwide during March 2021, reflecting the accelerated pace of re-openings in several states. What is more, while many of the job gains accrued to the leisure and hospitality and retail trade sectors, a significant number of these added jobs were seen in the education field—a key area of nonprofit activity. Indeed, all fields of nonprofit activity experienced significant job gains during the month for the first time since August 2020, though these still left nonprofit jobs well below pre-COVID-19 levels. In Part 1 of this report we provide an overview of nonprofit job changes since February 2020 as of March 2021. In Part 2 we detail the recovery of lost nonprofit jobs over the past several months; and in Part 3, we provide an updated estimate of the time it will take the sector to return to...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2021: Nonprofit Sector Lost Over 7% of Its Workforce in the First Year of the Pandemic

March 12, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through February 2021, as reflected in the February BLS Employment Situation Report. While BLS data showed an overall growth of 465,000 private, non-farm jobs nationwide during February 2021, the nonprofit sector accounted for only a modest 6% share of these job gains, well below the 10% of private jobs they accounted for when the month began. Part 2 of this report details the halting recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and Part 3 provides an updated estimate of the time it will take the sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Nonprofit job losses as of February 2021 As of February 2021, the nonprofit workforce remained down by over 926,000 jobs compared to February 2020 levels, representing a 7.4% decline over the first year of the pandemic, as shown in Figure 1. These lost jobs include nearly 35% of all workers in nonprofit arts and entertainment organizations; 14.6% of nonprofit education workers; 10% of...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, JANUARY 2021: Nonprofit Jobs Still Down by Nearly 960,000 as of January, Time to Full Recovery Increases to 2 Years

February 16, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of COVID-induced nonprofit job losses through January 2021, as reflected in the January BLS Employment Situation Report. This initial BLS 2021 monthly report carried two important revisions of prior estimates that reveal a more dire picture of sector job losses over the past five months, resulting in an updated estimate of nearly 960,000 lost nonprofit jobs as of the first month of the new year. Part 2 of this report details the halting recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and Part 3 provides a rough estimate of the time it will take the sector to return to pre-pandemic employment levels. PART 1 | Nonprofit job losses as of January 2021 As of January 2021, the nonprofit workforce remained down by nearly 958,000 jobs compared to February 2020 levels, representing a 7.7% decline from its pre-pandemic level, as shown in Figure 1. These lost jobs include 36.3% of all workers in nonprofit arts and entertainment organizations; 16% of nonprofit education workers; 11% of...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, DECEMBER 2020: Nonprofits Lost Over 50,000 Jobs in December, Reversing a Slow Recovery

January 19, 2021 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse Note: The headline of this report has been update to correct a typo.   In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report documents our estimates of nonprofit job losses through December 2020, as reflected in the December BLS Employment Situation Report. What these data reveal is a striking reversal of the admittedly tepid growth in nonprofit employment in the prior three months, leaving nonprofit employment still down by a conservatively-estimated nearly 930,000 jobs by the end of the year. The report then goes on to track the slow recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and then to estimate the likely time to full recovery given the new information about vaccine availability and potentially energized federal attention promised by the incoming national administration. PART 1: Nonprofit job losses as of December 2020 As of December 2020, the nonprofit workforce remained down by nearly 930,000 jobs compared to estimated pre-COVID February 2020 levels, representing a 7.4% decline from its pre-pandemic level, as shown in Figure 1. These lost jobs include 36.6% of all workers in nonprofit...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2020: Nonprofit Job Recovery Rate Drops to 1.9% in November, Could Take 2.4 Years to Fully Recover

December 15, 2020 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   As 2020 draws to a close, we have analyzed data from the latest BLS Employment Situation Report to estimate nonprofit job losses through November, continuing our effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment. We then looked at month-over-month trends to see how the overall recovery of early nonprofit jobs losses is proceeding and what that may mean for the long-term recovery of sector employment into 2021 and beyond. PART 1: Nonprofit job losses as of November 2020 As of November 2020, the nonprofit workforce remained down by nearly 878,000 jobs compared to February 2020, representing a 7% decline from its pre-pandemic level, as shown in Figure 1. These lost jobs include over a quarter million workers in nonprofit educational organizations; nearly a quarter million workers in health care institutions; over 135,000 workers in social assistance organizations; and more than 115,000 workers in nonprofit arts and culture organizations.   As shown in Figure 2, the month of November saw just a 3.4% recovery of nonprofit jobs compared to the level in the previous month of October. November also saw a continuation...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, OCTOBER 2020: Nonprofit Jobs Rebound Slightly in October, But Remain Down by Over 900,000 Compared to Pre-COVID Levels

November 16, 2020 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   In our continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, we have analyzed data from the latest BLS Employment Situation Report to estimate nonprofit job losses through October 2020. We then looked at month-over-month trends to see how the overall recovery of early nonprofit job losses is proceeding.   Part 1: Nonprofit job losses as of October 2020 As of October 2020, the nonprofit workforce remained down by over 900,000 jobs compared to its February 2020 level, representing a 7.3% decline, as shown in Figure 1. These missing jobs include over a quarter million workers in health care institutions; nearly a quarter million workers in nonprofit educational organizations; over 145,000 workers in social assistance organizations, and more than 120,000 workers in nonprofit arts and culture organizations.   As shown in Figure 2, the month of October saw a modest 4% recovery of nonprofit jobs compared to the level in the previous month of September. While this was an improvement over the situation we reported in September, only in the health field did the improvement approach 10% of the remaining losses...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2020: Nonprofit Employment Recovery Slowed Significantly in September, Still Down By Nearly 8%

OCTOBER 21, 2020 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   As part of our continued effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, we have analyzed data from the latest BLS Employment Situation Report to estimate nonprofit job losses through September 2020.   How did nonprofits fare in September? Unfortunately, the month of September showed only a modest 2% recovery of nonprofit jobs compared to the situation we reported in August. The only major field that enjoyed a rebound of more than 10% overall was social assistance at 12.8%. What is more, September brought significant additional losses in the key field of education totaling nearly 50,000 jobs—a drop of 24% from August employment levels, as shown in Figure 1.   As of September 2020, the nonprofit workforce remained down by nearly 1 million jobs compared to its pre-pandemic February levels. Especially still hard hit are nonprofit jobs in many of the key service fields critical to the COVID response, including: nearly 300,000 jobs lost in health care; over a quarter million jobs lost in private education; more than 150,000 jobs lost in the social services field; and almost 125,000 jobs lost...

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COVID-19 JOBS UPDATE, AUGUST 2020: Nonprofit Jobs Still Down By Nearly 1 Million Despite a Partial Recovery

SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 For immediate release Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   Despite a partial recovery of the U.S. economy from the recent pandemic, new data released today by the U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics suggests that nonprofit employment is still down by an estimated nearly 1 million jobs compared to where it stood in February 2020, before the coronavirus hit.   As shown in Figure 1, 32% of these losses were in the health care field, 22% in education, and 19% in social assistance, all of these crucial fields in the coronavirus and economic recovery efforts.   As a share of their 12.5 million workers as of 2017—the latest year for which data are available—nonprofit jobs were thus still down 8% overall through the end of August 2020. But in some especially critical fields, as shown in Figure 2, the estimated shrinkage remained more severe—down nearly 11% in educational services, nearly 12% in social assistance, and nearly 38% in arts and recreation.   The August data did suggest that nonprofits benefited to some degree from the partial recovery of the U.S. economy as of the end of August, though this benefit apparently varied substantially by field, with...

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The 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report: The 3rd largest employer faces the COVID-19 crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Chelsea Newhouse     A new report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies finds that U.S. nonprofits maintained their position as the third largest employer in the U.S. economy, overtaking manufacturing by nearly 100,000 workers nation-wide in 2017, and exceeding that industry in 28 states and territories across the U.S. Indeed, the only industries employing more workers than the nonprofit sector in 2017 were retail trade and restaurants and hotels.   However, as is the case with all sectors of the economy, nonprofits face challenging times as a result of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, with projected job losses of over 1.6 million workers between March and May of 2020—all at a time when demand for their services is growing. Complicating the situation further is the fact that although 98 percent of all nonprofit establishments fit the criteria for access to the federal government’s recent Paycheck Protection and Main Street Lending Programs as “small businesses,” well-documented challenges have faced nonprofits in accessing this government support, and federal agencies have so far failed to provide information on the extent to which such support has flowed to nonprofit organizations.   These are just some...

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NEWS RELEASE: The Impact of Rotary Volunteering—47 Million Hours a Year and Counting

Media contacts: Chelsea Newhouse (JHU/CCSS) Stephanie Herzfeld (Rotary)   According to a new study released today by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, with just 563 paid employees globally, Rotary International annually mobilizes volunteer effort equivalent to nearly 27,000 full-time paid workers. What is more, this study reveals that the efforts of Rotary volunteers save communities an estimated US$850 million in service costs per year.   The Scope and Scale of Rotary Volunteering presents 10 key findings that powerfully demonstrate the significant renewable resource of volunteer effort that service organizations like Rotary are generating. For a world challenged to meet a demanding set of Sustainable Development Goals in the face of withering environmental catastrophes and limited governmental and philanthropic resources, the lesson from this report is clear: volunteer service may provide an enormously valuable contribution toward the achievement of the ambitious goals that the international community has set for itself.   This ground-breaking new report, undertaken by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies with support from Rotary International is the first systematic, empirical analysis of the extent of volunteer activity generated by a major global service organization using the definition of volunteer...

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NEWS RELEASE: Not just an urban phenomenon—New data on the nonprofit workforce

UPDATED September 6, 2019 Media contact: Chelsea Newhouse     Common wisdom holds that nonprofit employment is essentially an urban phenomenon. But new data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics using a technique developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies suggests that this may not be universally true.   To be sure, 88% of U.S. nonprofit employment is located in metropolitan areas, but so is 87% of for-profit employment. So, too, the nonprofit share of private jobs in metropolitan areas exceeds that in the nation as a whole—but only slightly (10.4% vs. 10.2%).   More revealingly, nearly half (48%) of the 380 metropolitan areas for which data are newly available have nonprofit shares of their private employment below the 10.2% U.S. average as shown in Figure 1. And at 7.1%, the average share of private employment that nonprofits account for in these 48% of metropolitan regions is well below the 8.7% average in the nation’s non-metropolitan areas.   These and other findings of the latest BLS data will be available shortly in the Johns Hopkins 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report. Among these other findings are the following: Nonprofit employment has continued its...

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Announcing the 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

U.S. nonprofits maintained a robust pattern of job growth through 2016, the latest year for which data are available.   But for-profit companies are making significant inroads in key nonprofit fields, cutting into nonprofits’ market share.   These are just two of the major conclusions emerging from a new report just issued by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies. Drawing on the rich body of data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Hopkins report sheds important new light on recent nonprofit employment dynamics. Among the findings: Between 2007 and 2016, the number of jobs created by U.S. nonprofits grew by 16.7%, nearly four times faster than the country’s for-profit businesses (see Figure 1). Nonprofit job growth was also more consistent, growing both during the recession period of 2007-12 and in the more recent 2012-16 period, whereas for-profit employment fell in the early period and just barely made up the lost ground more recently. Click through the various periods in Figure 1 to see this comparison.     Thanks to this growth, by 2016, the nonprofit workforce outdistanced that of all branches of manufacturing in well over half of...

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New Official Visibility for the Global Third Sector and Social Economy: A Major Statistical Breakthrough

Capping a three-year process, the United Nations has released a new statistical guidance document for nations to use to generate solid data on the world’s third, or social economy, sector—the TSE Sector.   Unknown by most observers, this sector—embracing nonprofit institutions, public-benefit oriented cooperatives and mutuals, social enterprises, philanthropy, and volunteer work—makes up the third largest workforce of any industry in Western Europe and the U.S.   In the developing world as well, these entities, and the volunteer effort they motivate, are widely regarded as crucial to the success of the 2030 Development Agenda.   To date, however, reliable data on these institutions and volunteer activities have been missing or obscured in official international statistical systems. The just-released United Nations Satellite Account on Nonprofit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work (UN TSE Sector Handbook) now promises to remedy this problem and bring this TSE sector into systematic empirical view by equipping statistical agencies with comprehensive methodological guidance on its measurement.   This new Handbook, produced in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, revises an earlier UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts and extends its coverage to all entities and activities...

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NEWS RELEASE: Nonprofit rate of job growth outpaces for-profit rate by over 3-1 over last decade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Chelsea Newhouse     Data just released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics using a technique first developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies shows that the nonprofit sector continued its steady record of significant job growth through 2016, the latest date for which data are available, outpacing the rate of for-profit job growth by over 3 to 1.      Between the pre-recession year of 2007 and 2016, nonprofit employment grew by nearly 17% while for-profit employment grew by less than 5%.   This pattern was quite widespread, moreover, with the nonprofit employment growth rate over the recent decade exceeding that of for-profit firms in 49 of our country’s 50 states, as well as in DC and Puerto Rico. The only exception was North Dakota, where the two sectors were tied.       This development builds on an existing, substantial nonprofit workforce. In fact, nonprofit organizations are the third largest private workforce of all U.S. industries, behind only retail trade and manufacturing.    Reflecting this, nonprofits also account for the third largest employee payroll, with total nonprofit wages exceeding those of most other...

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