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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NEWS RELEASE | America’s Health Conversion Foundations: A PtP Success Story

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chelsea Newhouse We are pleased to announce the release of an important new look at the performance of a set of U.S. PtP “health conversion foundations.” With government revenues powerfully constrained and COVID-highlighted massive social and economic problems calling out for solutions, pressures have mounted around the world to identify new sources of revenue with which to address these problems. Fortunately, one such source has recently been discovered. Known by the unlikely name of Philanthropication thru Privatization, or PtP for short, this source involves the creation of often quite enormous charitable foundations out of assets under the control of governments or quasi-governmental entities that are in process of being transformed into private, for-profit ownership or control or of being exacted from private sources as penalties or fines—and in both cases being channeled into private foundations. Over 650 such PtP foundations have so far been identified around the world drawing on assets as diverse as proceeds from the sale of state-owned enterprises, debt swaps, royalties from state-regulated industries, stolen assets, penalties for corporate misdeeds, auctions of spectrum frequencies, and the de-mutualization of nonprofits or cooperatives. But how effective has this option been? To shed additional light...

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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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NEWS RELEASE | To Close Digital Equity Gaps, U.S. Should Endow a Digital Futures Foundation from Proceeds of Spectrum Auctions—New America and Johns Hopkins Experts Propose Bold Fix for Digital Inclusion Gaps

April 5, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     WASHINGTON, DC—Today, New America’s Open Technology Institute and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies jointly released a proposal to invest a portion of the windfall proceeds from recent and anticipated auctions of public airwaves in a new private Digital Futures Foundation to develop improved digital applications that address digital equity gaps in education, telehealth, online government services, and other critical areas.   While President Biden’s infrastructure plan will usefully address the national need for universal access to affordable broadband connections, getting everyone online will not solve the equally critical challenge of improving the public-purpose applications and training needed to enable full digital inclusion.   According to Michael Calabrese, director of the Wireless Future Project at New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) and co-author of the proposal: “To reap the full benefits of the president’s proposed investments in universal broadband access, we need to address the serious gaps in the applications that actually provide the services that broadband can deliver and the training citizens need to access them. Auctions of the public airwaves are raising tens of billions of dollars that should be recycled back into technology investments aimed...

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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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Newly Available on Nonprofit Works: Latest BLS Data on Nonprofit Employment and Wages

Following on the heels of a recent addition of 2015 estimates of nonprofit employment, the Center for Civil Society Studies is pleased to announce the addition to the Nonprofit Works interactive database of a full set of data on 2016 nonprofit employment, wages, and establishments in states and counties through-out the U.S.! With this latest update, Nonprofit Works now brings the most-recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the fingertips of nonprofit organizations, researchers, foundations, and those supporting them in states and counties throughout the country.   A crucial resource for understanding and advocating for the sector The nonprofit sector is a far more significant part of the employment landscape of the U.S. than is widely understood, employing the third largest workforce, and supporting the third largest payroll, of any U.S. industry behind only retail trade and manufacturing. What is more, this sector continues to be unusually dynamic blunting the impact of the most recent U.S. recession by continuing to add jobs while the country’s for-profit business sector shed jobs at an alarming rate. By putting these data in the hands of users both nationally and at the state and local level, Nonprofit Works makes it...

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Now Available From Nonprofit Works: 2015 Nonprofit Employment Data on States and Counties

An Important Assist to Nonprofit Advocacy Efforts Nonprofit and foundation leaders have long struggled to compete with entrenched business interests in convincing government officials of the importance of their “industry” to the states and communities in which they operate.   Thanks to research carried out by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies drawing on data long buried in the computers of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, nonprofits and those that support them now have an easy message with which to attract policy-maker attention: Nonprofits now provide more jobs than almost all other industries in states and communities across the nation, outdistancing firms in construction, banking and insurance, transportation, real estate, and, in many states, all branches of manufacturing combined. And this is beyond all the social benefits nonprofits contribute. Now, updated data on nonprofit employment by state and county is only a click away thanks to the launch of Nonprofit Works, the interactive website that Johns Hopkins researchers have created to bring powerful data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and wages to the fingertips of nonprofit organizations, researchers, and those supporting them in states and counties throughout the country.   Initially launched in 2017 with data...

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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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Announcing Nonprofit Works: An Interactive Database on the U.S. Nonprofit Economy

Media contact: Chelsea Newhouse ___________________ The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is proud to announce the launch of Nonprofit Works, a new interactive website providing access to critical data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and wages in the United States from 1990-2011. With this new resource, you will be able to answer crucial questions like: How many people work for nonprofits in your state or county? In what fields are those jobs concentrated? How do nonprofit jobs compare to those in other sectors working in the same fields? How much have nonprofits contributed to job growth? How much do nonprofit wages contribute to the local economy? Are nonprofits present where they are most needed in your community?   Background America’s nonprofit sector employs the third largest workforce of any of the 18 industries into which statistical authorities divide the American economy, behind only retail trade and manufacturing, but ahead of construction, transportation, and finance and insurance. What is more, it is adding employment at a rate that exceeds that of the country’s for-profit business sector.   Surprised? You shouldn’t be. But, due to the way economic data are collected and reported in our country, these striking facts about...

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Japanese edition of Leverage for Good now available

The Center is pleased to announce that the Japanese translation of Director Lester Salamon’s recent book, Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investing (Oxford University Press, 2014), is now available from Minerva Publishing!   The Center is grateful to 2012-2013 International Fellow in Philanthropy Tatsusaki Kobayashi for his assistance and persistence in facilitating this translation and for his key recognition of the importance that the developments outlined in this book hold for the future of the philanthropic sector in Japan.   You can learn more about Leverage for Good and its companion volume, The New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and New Actors Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing (Oxford University Press, 2014), here.   Both volumes are also available for purchase in English in hard copy and e-book editions at Amazon and directly from Oxford University Press.     TABLE OF CONTENTS Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investing Introduction: The Revolution on the Frontiers of Philanthropy Scouting Philanthropy’s New Frontier I: The New Actors Scouting Philanthropy’s New Frontier II: The New Tools Why Now? Remaining Obstacles Prescription: The Way...

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TSI Project: A statistical revolution in data on the third sector in Europe

The following is a news release from the Third Sector Impact project, a major effort underway in Europe to “understand the scope and scale of the third sector in Europe, its current and potential impact, and the barriers hindering the third sector to fully contribute to the continent’s welfare.” In his capacity as a Senior Research Professor at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Centre, CCSS Director Lester Salamon leads the conceptualization and measurement components of this project in collaboration with Center Senior Research Associate Wojciech Sokolowski and an international team of experts.  __________________________________________ NEWS RELEASE: A central goal of the Third Sector Impact project is to institutionalize the capability of national statistical agencies to generate reliable empirical data on the third sector. After publishing a consensus definition of the third sector in Europe in December, an important prerequisite for statistical agencies to implement data gathering systems that capture third sector activity and impact, TSI and the Directorate General Research & Innovation of the European Commission now co-hosted the event “Putting the Third Sector on the Statistical Map of Europe.” Representatives of the European Economic and Social Council, the International Labour Organization, the directorates of the European Commission Education & Culture (EAC), Employment, Social Affairs...

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NEWS RELEASE | A “win-win” solution for transforming the philanthropic landscape of the world

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   With the resources and capabilities of governments and private charity barely growing or in decline around the world, yet the problems of poverty, ill-health, and environmental degradation ballooning daily, it is increasingly clear that new energies, and new resources, are urgently needed to address the world’s pressing social and environmental challenges.   Now a new book, Philanthropication thru Privatization: Building Permanent Endowments for the Common Good by Dr. Lester Salamon of the Johns Hopkins University and the East-West Management Institute, offers a novel solution to this increasingly urgent problem: capture all or a portion of the enormous privatization transactions under way around the world for autonomous charitable endowments serving the social and economic needs of citizens.   Far from an abstract idea, philanthropication thru privatization, or PtP, turns out to be a proven and effective approach for creating or enlarging charitable assets. But it has yet to be recognized as such: until now.   About Philanthropication thru Privatization In this book, Salamon provides a first conceptualization of the PtP concept and then, working with an international team, documents over 500 foundations around the world that already embody it, including some of the largest and most...

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NEWS RELEASE | Two new books from Lester Salamon explore the revolution under way on the frontiers of philanthropy and social investment

Oxford University Press and Lester Salamon Announce Two New Books: NEW FRONTIERS OF PHILANTHROPY and LEVERAGE FOR GOOD  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   With the resources of both governments and traditional philanthropy barely growing or in decline while the problems of poverty, ill-health and environmental degradation continue to balloon, it has become increasingly clear that new models for financing and promoting social and environmental objectives are urgently needed. Fortunately, according to Johns Hopkins University Professor Dr. Lester Salamon, a significant revolution appears to be underway on the frontiers of philanthropy and social investing that is providing a potentially crucial part of the response to this predicament.     Mapping a significant revolution in social-purpose finance In New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and New Actors that Are Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing, published by Oxford University Press, and Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy, a companion volume that carries just the Introduction to this larger volume, Salamon, a well-known pioneer in the study of the global nonprofit sector and philanthropy, has mobilized an extraordinary team of experts to produce the most comprehensive and authoritative guide available 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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