NONPROFIT WORKS: All features now available at no cost!

Just in time for the holidays, we are happy to announce that all features of our Nonprofit Works interactive database are now available at no cost!   With this update, all users who register a free account can now access key contextual and comparative data and convenience features that were previously available only to paid Premium members, including: See how nonprofits stack up to the five largest for-profit industries in the U.S. economy, including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and accommodation and food services. Compare nonprofit employment and wages to for-profit businesses and government institutions in the same fields and geographic areas. Examine nonprofit employment, wages, and establishments in metro statistical areas, in addition to the state, county, and national levels. Access the latest available data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and weekly and annual average wages for over a quarter century—from 1990 through 2017—and compare nonprofits to for-profits and government over the full period. Save full searches for quick reference, download machine-readable CSV files, and compare up to 5 geographic regions, field, and years in a single search. A crucial resource for understanding and advocating for the sector The nonprofit sector is a vitally important part of the...

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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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Join our effort to improve nonprofit workforce data today!

The Issue From its inception, a major goal of our Nonprofit Economic Data Project has been to improve the quality and availability of crucial data on nonprofit employment and wages in the United States. While we have made considerable progress toward this goal—including developing a methodology for finding nonprofits in Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) datasets and securing a commitment from BLS to release these data on a 5-year cycle—this, unfortunately, still often leaves us working with out-of-date data in these rapidly-evolving times. Indeed, the next scheduled release of these data will not take place until 2024, at which time even the most recent available data, which cover 2017, will be 7 years old.   As a result, our efforts to track the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic have been limited to estimates based on these 2017 data. As we have noted previously, our ability to track these developments would be materially enhanced if the Bureau of Labor Statistics were to release these data on a schedule similar to that used for other industries. Indeed, all other industries—such as goat farming and limousine services—receive quarterly releases of these data, providing researchers, advocates, and policymakers the information needed to understand...

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NONPROFIT WORKS 3.0: Johns Hopkins interactive database on nonprofit employment & wages adds updated data and new features

Introducing Nonprofit Works 3.0: The latest version of the popular interactive database created by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies to provide accessible information on nonprofit employment and wages in states and regions. The Center for Civil Society Studies is pleased to announce a major update to our Nonprofit Works interactive database! With the launch of Nonprofit Works 3.0, you will now be able to: See how nonprofits stack up to the five largest industries in the U.S. economy, including construction, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, and accommodation and food services. Examine nonprofit employment, wages, and establishments in metro statistical areas, in addition to the state, county, and national levels. Access the latest available Bureau of Labor Statistics data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and weekly and annual average wages for over a quarter century—from 1991 through 2017—and compare nonprofits to for-profits and government over the full period.   A crucial resource for understanding and advocating for the sector The nonprofit sector is a crucially important part of the employment landscape of the U.S., employing the third largest workforce and generating the third largest payroll of any of the 18 industries into which statistical authorities divide the...

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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: 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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