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  • Comparative Data Tables (2004)
    Drawn from Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, Volume 2, these compiled tables and figures compare data from 36 countries. This packet includes tables on 1) volunteering and giving as a share of GDP by country; 2) the civil society sector workforce as a percent of the economically active population; 3) volunteering in 36 countries; 4) the civil society sector workforce by field; 5) civil society sector sources of support; and 6) volunteering and giving as a share of GDP by country. This is the most recent comparative data available from the Center; circa 1995-2002.

  • Comparative Data Tables (2017)
    Drawn from Explaining Civil Society Development: A Social Origins Approach, these compiled tables and figures compare data from 47 countries. This packet includes tables on the paid and volunteer civil society workforce overall and by field; civil society revenue by source; and civil society metrics by social origins model. This is the most recent international comparative data available from the Center; circa 1995-2011.

  • Employment in America’s Charities: A Profile (2006)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #26 | Lester M. Salamon and S. Wojciech Sokolowski. Presents new information on employment in America’s charities, drawing on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), or ES-202 data system, operated by state employment security offices in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and a new annual survey of volunteering carried out by the U.S. Census Bureau as part of its Current Population Survey. The report covers the full nonprofit workforce, including both paid and volunteer workers.

  • Forward Together: Empowering America’s Citizen Sector for the Change We Need (2008)
    Highlighting the role our nation’s nonprofit sector can play in economic recovery efforts, the Forward Together Declaration is an appeal to America’s public and private leadership to renew our country’s compact with the nonprofit sector through a series of actions that include reinvigorating and strengthening the partnership between government and the citizen sector, investing in citizen sector capacity to innovate and perform, and promoting new models of nonprofit finance. To date, over 400 nonprofit leaders have signed on to the Declaration. The Declaration was developed at a seminar that the Center organized under the auspices of its Listening Post Project.

  • Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil (2012)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #39 | Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowsi, and Stephanie L.Geller. This report presents previously unavailable data on year-to-year changes in employment in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States from January 2000 through June 2010, with a special focus on how nonprofit employment fared during the 2007-2009 recession. Initial findings published in September 2011 are available here.

  • Maryland: Nonprofit Employment Update (2013)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #42 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie Lessans Geller. This bulletin presents information on the size, distribution, and growth of the private nonprofit sector in Maryland as of the first quarter of 2012, and examines the continuing growth of the sector amidst mounting competition from for-profit businesses.

  • New York Capital Region Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine (2017)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #44 | Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse. This bulletin presents data on the scope and scale of the nonprofit sector in New York’s Capital Region—Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington Counties— and how it changed between 2003 and 2013, revealing that not only is it the single largest "industry" in the region in terms of employment, but that it has shown remarkable resiliency through two recessionary periods, contributing 90% of all job growth during the study period. Produced in collaboration with New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.

  • New York: Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine (2014)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #42 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie Lessans Geller. This bulletin presents data on the scope and scale of the nonprofit sector in New York's Westchester County, and how it changed between 2003 and 2013, revealing that not only is it the single largest industry in the county in terms of employment, but that it has shown remarkable resiliency through two recessionary periods. Produced in collaboration with Westchester County Nonprofits.

  • Nonprofit Values - Productive
    This infographic is part of a series examining the seven nonprofit values arising from the Listening Post Project's Nonprofit Values Survey. The findings of that survey are discussed in-depth in the report "What Do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the nonprofit value commitment." Further materials relating to these values and the overall nonprofit renewal strategy can be found here.

  • Nonprofit Works 3.0 Flyer (2021)
    This is the flyer for Nonprofit Works, the Center's interactive database of U.S. nonprofit employment, establishments, and wages.

  • Nonprofits: America's Third Largest Workforce (2018)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #46 | Lester M. Salamon. Drawing on research data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics developed from its comprehensive Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, this report brings the story of U.S. nonprofit employment up-to-date through 2015. Unlike previous reports in this series, this report presents projected estimates of overall nonprofit employment nationally and by individual states and 1,893 of the country’s approximately 3,100 counties, in addition to breakdowns by field at the national and state levels.

  • OVERVIEW: Nonprofits Continue to Add Jobs in the Current Downturn, but Rate of Job Growth Falters
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #37 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie Lessans Geller, and S. Wojciech Sokolowski. This document presents the initial analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data describes recent changes in U.S. nonprofit employment, compares these to for-profit employment, and looks at growth patterns by state and by nonprofit field. The full report entitled "Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment during a Decade of Turmoil" is available here.

  • Pennsylvania Nonprofits: A Major State Industry (2017)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #45 | Lester M. Salamon and S. Wojciech Sokolowski. This bulletin presents data on the scope and scale of the nonprofit sector in Pennsylvania and how it changed between 2007 and 2012, revealing that not only is it the single largest “industry” in the state in terms of employment, but that it showed remarkable resiliency during the most recent recessionary period.

  • Recession Pressures on Nonprofit Jobs (2010)
    Listening Post Communiqué #19 | Lester M. Salamon, Stephanie L. Geller, and Kasey L. Mengel. Examines the impact of the recession is on the nonprofit workforce and on the ability of nonprofits to respond to expanding needs, as well as the potential benefits of the recently enacted HIRE Act to nonprofit employment.

  • Report on the Nonprofit Workforce Roundtable (2008)
    Listening Post Communiqué #10 | Stephanie L. Geller, and Lester M. Salamon. Summarizes the findings of the Listening Post roundtable on the Project’s 2007 Nonprofit Workforce Sounding. Five lessons emerged from the discussion: 1) The importance of selling “the context” of nonprofit jobs; 2) The realization that new, costly methods do not always have better results; 3) The importance of thinking creatively about bringing people into the sector; 4) The need to re-define work and the working environment; 5) The importance of professionalizing the human resource function.

  • The 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report (2019)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #47 | Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse. The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies’ 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report examines new data on employment and wages in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States. This report draws on the rich body of data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages from 2007 through 2016 (the most recent year for which data are available).

  • The 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report (6.2020)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #48 | Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse. The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies’ 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report examines new data on employment and wages in private, nonprofit establishments in the United States. This report draws on the rich body of data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages from 2007 through 2017 (the most recent year for which data are available), examines available data on COVID-19 job losses to estimate the impact on nonprofits through the first three months of the U.S. pandemic response, and highlights new BLS data on the number of employees in nonprofit firms to understand eligibility for COVID-related federal support funding.

  • The Nonprofit Workforce Crisis: Real or Imagined? (2007)
    Listening Post Communiqué #8 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie L. Geller. Investigates whether nonprofit organizations are really facing a crisis in attracting and retaining employees in light of rapidly growing nonprofit employment, whether recruitment and retention problems are concentrated in particular fields or in particular positions, and whether nonprofit managers are finding ways to surmount the very real workforce challenges they are facing.

  • Virginia: Virginia's Nonprofit Sector - Shaping the economic, cultural, and social landscape (2012)
    Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #41 | Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie L.. Geller. This report updates the 2008 report "Virginia's Nonprofit Sector: An Economic Force." The report includes the data on the overall size of Virginia’s nonprofit sector; the distribution of this nonprofit activity by field, region, and size of organization; the sources of nonprofit revenue; the extent of recent nonprofit growth; the resulting changes in the “market position” of nonprofit providers; and the relative wage levels of nonprofit and for-profit employers. Data is from 2000-2011. This version was revised on 12.12.2012 to reflect a correction to Figure 3.5.

  • What Nonprofit Wage Deficit? (2002)
    The Nonprofit Quarterly, pp. 61-62, Winter 2002 | Lester M. Salamon. Compares nonprofit and for-profit wages in industries in which both sectors are significantly engaged. The result is that the real culprit in the apparent wage disparity is industry mix, not nonprofit status. Nonprofit workers actually have higher average wages than for-profit workers in industries in which both are extensively engaged.

  • [Journal Article] Nonprofit Organizations: New Insights from QCEW Data (2005)
    Monthly Labor Review, pp. 19-26, September, 2005 | Lester M. Salamon and S. Wojciech Sokolowski. The purpose of this article is to describe an effort, which is under way with the assistance of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, to separate out the nonprofit employment within the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data and analyze it. The article explains why employment is such a useful prism through which to view the nonprofit sector, then describes the procedure being used to identify the nonprofit firms in the QCEW data, and reports on some of the principal findings that have emerged so far from the application of this procedure.

  • [News Release] Nonprofit Employment Recovery Slowed Significantly in September, Still Down by Nearly 8% (10.21.2020)
    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. Online version here.

  • [News Release] Nonprofit Jobs Rebound Slightly in October, but Remain Down by Over 900,000 Compared to Pre-COVID Levels (11.16.2020)
    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 jobs losses is proceeding. Online version here.

  • [News Release] Nonprofit Jobs Still Down by Nearly 1 Million, Despite a partial Recovery (9.4.2020)
    Our annual Labor Day erlease focuses on nonprofit job losses 6 months into the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. We found that, despite a partial recovery of the U.S. economy over the Summer, the U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics' August Employment Situation Report suggests that nonprofit employment was still down by an estimated nearly 1 million jobs compared to where it stood in February 2020. Online version here.

  • [News Release] Nonprofit Rate of Job Growth Outpaces For-profit Rate by 3-1
    Based on new Bureau of Labor Statistics data on nonprofit employment and wages in 2016, this Labor Day news release shows that, between the pre-recession year of 2007 and 2016, nonprofit employment grew by nearly 17% while for-profit employment grew by less than 5%—a 3-1 nonprofit advantage.


 

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