Italy releases nonprofit census data, shows tremendous sector growth

By on October 20, 2014

Recently released data from the Italian National Institute for Statistics (ISTAT) 2011 Census of Nonprofit Institutions shows that the country is home to more than 300,000 nonprofit organizations, which represents a remarkable 28 percent increase since the last census was carried out 10 years ago.
The number of persons employed by the sector grew 39 percent, demonstrating that the sector is increasingly an important source of employment to the country. ISTAT also implemented the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work and generated estimates of the volunteer contribution to the sector. All told, the nonprofit sector relies on the working contribution of 4.7 million volunteers, 681 thousand employees, 270 thousand outworkers, and 5 thousand temporary workers.
Click here to download the full text of ISTAT’s profile of nonprofit sector employment, including more detail about its human capital and the fields in which workers are concentrated.

Megan Haddock served as International Research Projects Manager for the Comparative Nonprofit Sector, UN Handbook, and Volunteer Measurement Projects. She received her Masters in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins Institute of Policy Studies and her B.A. from Carleton College in International Relations and Political Science. She was a lead author of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work.