NEWS RELEASE | Now available from Johns Hopkins University Press—Explaining Civil Society Development: A Social Origins Approach

The Johns Hopkins University Press is pleased to announce its publication of Explaining Civil Society Development: A Social Origins Approach by Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, Megan A. Haddock, and Associates.   The civil society sector—made up of millions of nonprofit organizations, associations, charitable institutions, and the volunteers and resources they mobilize—has long been the invisible subcontinent on the landscape of contemporary society. For the past twenty-five years, however, scholars under the umbrella of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project have worked with statisticians in countries around the world to assemble the first comprehensive, empirical picture of the size, structure, financing, and role of this increasingly important component of society.   This new book is the capstone of this 25-year undertaking and a crucial successor to the previous books to emerge from this work. Not only does Explaining Civil Society Development draw together all of the systematic comparative data on the nonprofit sector, volunteering, and philanthropy assembled by this Project on over 42 countries around the world, but also takes the next step by going beyond description to address the important analytical question of what accounts for the enormous and puzzling cross-national variations that these data reveal...

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The results are in: Statistics Portugal’s Survey on Volunteer Work for 2012

More than one in 10 adults in Portugal gives their time to volunteer activities, Statistics Portugal reports.   The volunteer rate of people that participated in a volunteer activity either through an organization or directly for other individuals is estimated to be 11.5% of residents aged 15 or older—about 1,040,000 people. This represents the equivalent of approximately 4% of the total hours worked in Portugal, or about 1% of GDP.   51.6% of these individuals participated in a volunteer activity through an organization, of which about 90% were social economy organizations. This corresponds to about 40% of the total hours worked in this kind of organization, which means that volunteer work represents a very substantial resource for the sustainability of the Portuguese social economy.   These data were gathered via a pilot Survey on Volunteer Work 2012. This pilot survey was conducted as an annex to the Labour Force Survey on the 3rd quarter of 2012 as part of Statistics Portugal’s development of the satellite account on the social economy, and was developed based on the principles outlined in the ILO Manual on Measurement of Volunteer Work. However due to space and cost limitations it was not possible to...

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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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