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- The Third Route: Government-Nonprofit Collaboration in Germany and the United States (1996)
CCSS Working Paper #9 | Lester M. Salamon and Helmut K. Anheier. The third route, a partnership between the state and private sector for providing human services in a market system, offers certain advantages over the other two major routes: reliance on the state and reliance on the private sector. Both Germany and the United States have essentially collaborative social welfare systems; this paper describes both systems, and assesses the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- United States: Chapter 13 in Global Civil Society, Volume 1 (English, 1999)
Chapter 13 of Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, Volume 1. Resulting from the second stage of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, this chapter analyses the scope, size, composition, and financing of the civil society sector in the United States. Data is circa 1995.
- United States: Chapter 13 in Global Civil Society, Volume 1 (Español, 1999)
Capítulo 13 de la La Sociedad Civil Global: Las dimensiones del sector no lucrativo, Volumen 1. Como resultado de la segunda etapa de la Johns Hopkins Proyecto Comparativo del Sector sin Fines de Lucro, en este capítulo se analiza el alcance, tamaño, composición, y la financiación del sector de la sociedad civil en los Estados Unidos. Los datos son alrededor de 1995.
- United States: Defining the Nonprofit Sector (1996)
Comparative Nonprofit Sector Working Paper #18 | Lester M. Salamon.
Describes the historical and social context in which nonprofit organizations have developed in the U.S., the legal framework that defines their basic structure, and the recent trends influencing their evolution. Discusses the American ideology of volunteerism, particularly as it relates to tension between an individualist ethos and the need for collective action. Ultimately, recommends a comparative analysis of the American nonprofit sector to assess the applicability of theoretical definitions and to move beyond a purely ideological perspective.
- United States: Workforce, expenditures, and revenue data (1995)
Adapted from Lester M. Salamon, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, and Associates, Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector, Volume Two (Bloomfied, CT: Kumarian Press, 2004). Data circa 1995.
- 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.
- [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.
- [News Release] Not just an urban phenomenon—New data on the nonprofit workforce
Based on new Bureau of Labor Statistics data on nonprofit employment and wages in 2017, this Labor Day news release highlights the first-ever available data on Metro Statistical Areas. This news release was updated on September 6, 2019 to include Figure 4 showing nonprofit employment vs. private employment in other industries and to clarify that Figure 3 reflects nonprofit employment vs. total employment, including public/government workers.