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Initially launched in 2017 with data on nonprofit employment by state and county for the period 1999-2011 drawn from unpublished Bureau of Labor Statistics records, Nonprofit Works has now been updated through 2015, with further updates soon to be added on 2016 and 2017.
Click here to start exploring Nonprofit Works today.
About Nonprofit Works
Nonprofit Works offers two tiers of access-Basic and Premium:

  • The Basic Tier offers users much of the benefit of Nonprofit Works for free.
  • The Premium Tier, available for a small fee, provides access to comparative and contextual data, such as how nonprofit wages compare to those of for-profits in the same fields, and to additional advanced user features including more download options and saved searches.
  • Multiple-Access Discount options. To foster wider use of the data, discount options are available for securing full Nonprofit Works Premium Account access for multiple employees of an organization, for multiple members of networks or associations, or for multiple grantees of funders. The Center for Civil Society Studies’ team will be happy to work with you to customize these memberships to fit your needs and budget. Please contact us with any questions or to get started.
  • Nonprofit Works’ Data Selection Wizard makes navigation and data selection an easy and straight-forward process. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on using the Nonprofit Works Data Selection Wizard.
  • To learn more about the BLS’ QCEW database, the methodology used to extract nonprofit data from the BLS data, and how we developed the new 2015 estimates, click here.

To show these new data in action, we have prepared a new national report, “Nonprofits: America’s Third Largest Workforce.” The report shows that the U.S. nonprofit sector’s workforce exceeds all but two major for-profit industries—retail trade and manufacturing—and in nearly half of the states, nonprofits actually employ more workers than the manufacturing sector. Click here to download the full report.
Want to know how the nonprofit sector in your county stacks up to for-profits? Hover over the map below, which shows the 2015 nonprofit share of private employment in 1,893 counties. (Note: Grey areas indicate that data were not available for that state or county due to disclosure limitations.)



About the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies | email
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 (NED) | link
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 including how employment, wages, and finances have changed over time and in relation to other industries. Moreover, the project is able to analyze these data at the national, regional, state, and local levels, and to focus on particular subsectors—such as nursing homes, hospitals, home health centers, education, social services, and the arts. A collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, state employment security agencies, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and state nonprofit associations, the NED Project has thus far produced over 40 state, county, and regional Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletins since its founding in 2001, yielding a vital resource for understanding the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit Works is generously supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.



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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