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...

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Follow-up to the 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report: A State-Level Data Dashboard

Following on the heels of our Tuesday release of the 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report, we are pleased to invite you to explore our new interactive nonprofit employment data dashboard, which provides access to more detailed state-level data than we were able to include in the main report. In the dashboard, you can: Hover over any state or territory in the map to see data on the nonprofit share of 2017 overall private employment and nonprofit employment as a share of manufacturing employment in that state or territory. Click on a state or territory to see how nonprofit employment changed between 2007 and 2017; the share that nonprofits represent of private employment in the key fields of nonprofit activity, and how nonprofit wages compare to for-profit wages in the major fields of nonprofit activity. National averages are also provided for comparison in the small figures below the map.     We hope you find this dashboard useful, and please don’t forget to download the full 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report, which includes the first available estimates of two aspects of the current COVID-19 crisis on the nonprofit employment scene, including: The scale of impacts on nonprofit employment of the enormous economic...

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NEWS RELEASE: The Impact of Rotary Volunteering—47 Million Hours a Year and Counting

Media contacts: Chelsea Newhouse (JHU/CCSS) Stephanie Herzfeld (Rotary)   According to a new study released today by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, with just 563 paid employees globally, Rotary International annually mobilizes volunteer effort equivalent to nearly 27,000 full-time paid workers. What is more, this study reveals that the efforts of Rotary volunteers save communities an estimated US$850 million in service costs per year.   The Scope and Scale of Rotary Volunteering presents 10 key findings that powerfully demonstrate the significant renewable resource of volunteer effort that service organizations like Rotary are generating. For a world challenged to meet a demanding set of Sustainable Development Goals in the face of withering environmental catastrophes and limited governmental and philanthropic resources, the lesson from this report is clear: volunteer service may provide an enormously valuable contribution toward the achievement of the ambitious goals that the international community has set for itself.   This ground-breaking new report, undertaken by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies with support from Rotary International is the first systematic, empirical analysis of the extent of volunteer activity generated by a major global service organization using the definition of volunteer...

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NEWS RELEASE: Not just an urban phenomenon—New data on the nonprofit workforce

UPDATED September 6, 2019 Media contact: Chelsea Newhouse     Common wisdom holds that nonprofit employment is essentially an urban phenomenon. But new data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics using a technique developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies suggests that this may not be universally true.   To be sure, 88% of U.S. nonprofit employment is located in metropolitan areas, but so is 87% of for-profit employment. So, too, the nonprofit share of private jobs in metropolitan areas exceeds that in the nation as a whole—but only slightly (10.4% vs. 10.2%).   More revealingly, nearly half (48%) of the 380 metropolitan areas for which data are newly available have nonprofit shares of their private employment below the 10.2% U.S. average as shown in Figure 1. And at 7.1%, the average share of private employment that nonprofits account for in these 48% of metropolitan regions is well below the 8.7% average in the nation’s non-metropolitan areas.   These and other findings of the latest BLS data will be available shortly in the Johns Hopkins 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report. Among these other findings are the following: Nonprofit employment has continued its...

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Newly Available on Nonprofit Works: Latest BLS Data on Nonprofit Employment and Wages

Following on the heels of a recent addition of 2015 estimates of nonprofit employment, the Center for Civil Society Studies is pleased to announce the addition to the Nonprofit Works interactive database of a full set of data on 2016 nonprofit employment, wages, and establishments in states and counties through-out the U.S.! With this latest update, Nonprofit Works now brings the most-recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the fingertips of nonprofit organizations, researchers, foundations, and those supporting them in states and counties throughout the country.   A crucial resource for understanding and advocating for the sector The nonprofit sector is a far more significant part of the employment landscape of the U.S. than is widely understood, employing the third largest workforce, and supporting the third largest payroll, of any U.S. industry behind only retail trade and manufacturing. What is more, this sector continues to be unusually dynamic blunting the impact of the most recent U.S. recession by continuing to add jobs while the country’s for-profit business sector shed jobs at an alarming rate. By putting these data in the hands of users both nationally and at the state and local level, Nonprofit Works makes it...

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NEWS RELEASE: Nonprofit rate of job growth outpaces for-profit rate by over 3-1 over last decade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Chelsea Newhouse     Data just released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics using a technique first developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies shows that the nonprofit sector continued its steady record of significant job growth through 2016, the latest date for which data are available, outpacing the rate of for-profit job growth by over 3 to 1.      Between the pre-recession year of 2007 and 2016, nonprofit employment grew by nearly 17% while for-profit employment grew by less than 5%.   This pattern was quite widespread, moreover, with the nonprofit employment growth rate over the recent decade exceeding that of for-profit firms in 49 of our country’s 50 states, as well as in DC and Puerto Rico. The only exception was North Dakota, where the two sectors were tied.       This development builds on an existing, substantial nonprofit workforce. In fact, nonprofit organizations are the third largest private workforce of all U.S. industries, behind only retail trade and manufacturing.    Reflecting this, nonprofits also account for the third largest employee payroll, with total nonprofit wages exceeding those of most other...

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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...

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Announcing Nonprofit Works: An Interactive Database on the U.S. Nonprofit Economy

Media contact: Chelsea Newhouse ___________________ The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is proud to announce the launch of Nonprofit Works, a new interactive website providing access to critical data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and wages in the United States from 1990-2011. With this new resource, you will be able to answer crucial questions like: How many people work for nonprofits in your state or county? In what fields are those jobs concentrated? How do nonprofit jobs compare to those in other sectors working in the same fields? How much have nonprofits contributed to job growth? How much do nonprofit wages contribute to the local economy? Are nonprofits present where they are most needed in your community?   Background America’s nonprofit sector employs the third largest workforce of any of the 18 industries into which statistical authorities divide the American economy, behind only retail trade and manufacturing, but ahead of construction, transportation, and finance and insurance. What is more, it is adding employment at a rate that exceeds that of the country’s for-profit business sector.   Surprised? You shouldn’t be. But, due to the way economic data are collected and reported in our country, these striking facts about...

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Italy releases nonprofit census data, shows tremendous sector growth

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.    ...

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