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 diverse set of institutions, with a clear focus on public service
  • Maryland’s nonprofits generate significant revenue, concentrated in the largest institutions
  • Nonprofits employ Maryland’s second-largest non-government workforce
  • Maryland’s nonprofits provide a wide array of critical services
  • Maryland’s nonprofits are a major generator of income
  • Nonprofits in Maryland pay better average wages than their for-profit counterparts in key fields
  • Maryland’s nonprofits are a key contributor to economic growth and resiliency, but for-profits are making inroads in key fields

Alongside the report, a companion interactive dashboard allows users to view data on the size, scope, structure, and impact of Maryland’s nonprofits by county or region.
Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers is dedicated to Dr. Lester M. Salamon, Professor Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, who passed away during the development of this report. The nonprofit community—in Maryland and beyond—is grateful to Dr. Salamon for being so generous with his vast knowledge, his vision, his humor, and his advocacy for social justice.

Download the key findings report here
Explore the Maryland data dashboard here

For more information, please contact: Imany Dye, Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Maryland Nonprofits,, (443)-238-2336; Chelsea Newhouse, Nonprofit Economic Data Project & Communications Manager, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies,



About the Maryland Nonprofits
Home to more than 1,300 members, Maryland Nonprofits is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit associations, with the mission to strengthen organizations and networks for greater quality of life and equity. The association has 30 years of experience and expertise and provides a range of programs and services that help organizations build their capacity, operate more efficiently, engage in cross-sector dialogue fostering collaboration, and advocate for key policy issues. Maryland Nonprofits offers the Standards for Excellence®, a nationally replicated accreditation program that enhances governance, management and the public’s trust in the nonprofit sector, and is also home of the Maryland Association of Resources for Families and Youth and Maryland Latinos Unidos.
About the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies
The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today. The Center conducts research and educational programs that seek to improve current understanding, analyze emerging trends, and promote promising innovations in the ways that government, civil society, and business can collaborate to address social and environmental challenges.
About the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project
Nonprofit organizations are facing increased pressures in states and localities throughout the United States, but the nonprofit sector’s ability to respond to these pressures has been limited by a lack of timely information about how prevailing economic realities are affecting the sector. The Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project (NED) is helping to tackle this problem by charting economic trends in the nonprofit sector, and producing cutting-edge reports on key components of the nonprofit economy in regions and states across the country. Tapping a wide assortment of the best data sources available, the Center’s NED reports cover nonprofit employment, revenues, expenditures, assets, philanthropic resources, and volunteering for the sector as a whole and in particular fields, such as health, education, social services, and arts and culture. They also document changes over time and reveal how nonprofits stack up in comparison to for-profit organizations overall and in key nonprofit fields. Almost 50 such reports have been prepared, making it possible for nonprofit leaders to put their sector on the mental maps of policy-makers, the media, the sector itself, and citizens at large. 




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Chelsea Newhouse served as the Center's Communications Manager and managed the Nonprofit Economic Data and Philanthropication thru Privatization Projects. Prior to joining the Center in 2008, she worked for the Johns Hopkins University Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, the Baltimore Sun, and as a community organizer for Clean Water Action and the Democratic National Committee. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. Following the Center's closing, Chelsea now serves as Project Manager at the East-West Management Institute, where she continues to work on the Philanthropication thru Privatization Project and other civil society development initiatives around the world. Chelsea can be reached at