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NEW REPORT ON THE NONPROFIT SECTOR IN 16 COUNTRIES
We are pleased to announce the publication of our new comparative data report, "The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook."
This report draws on the rich data generated by national statistics agencies in sixteen countries through the implementation of the United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, which calls on statics agencies to produce regular "satellite accounts" of the nonprofit sector in their ;countries, providing the most complete data yet on this important sector, and allowing for comparison between countries. The countries included in this new report are: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Thailand, and the United States.
Among the major findings presented in this new report are that the nonprofit sector in these sixteen countries contributes an average of 4.5 percent of GDP, and in 6 of the countries studied, nonprofits employ more than 10 percent of the total workforce. Another key finding with significant implications is that, on average, nonprofit institutions derive only 23 percent of their revenue from philanthropic or charitable sources. Counter to the common perception of these organizations, their revenue is, in fact, derived primarily from fees (43 percent) and government sources (32 percent).
We have also published an infographic on this report, with a brief explanation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook. We hope that you will share these documents with your networks!
DISCUSSING NONPROFIT VALUES
In December, we released a new Listening Post Project report on the special values that set nonprofits apart from the for-profit and government sectors. "What do Nonprofits Stand for: Renewing the nonprofit value commitment" identified seven core values - being productive, empowering, effective, enriching, reliable, responsive, and caring - that nonprofit leaders agreed were at the heart of the sector's unique value-add. All materials related to this report and the surrounding discussion are compiled here.
More than simply highlighting these values, however, this report acknowledges that many of the challenges facing nonprofits in the United States can, in part, be attributed to an ongoing movement away from widespread assumptions about how nonprofits are "supposed" to operate. While this evolution is needed in order for nonprofits to survive in today's challenging and increasingly competitive market, it has blurred the borders between nonprofits and for-profits, caused increasing confusion about what it is that sets nonprofits apart, and, as a result, has led to a critical erosion of public trust.
This report, and the campaign we have launched to begin a conversation around the values in it, are intended to be the first steps in initiating a renewed commitment within the sector to the qualities and attributes that make nonprofits such a special, and important, part of American society. We feel that these values provide a solid foundation upon which nonprofits and their advocates can build effective communications strategies to make certain that ALL of their stakeholders truly understand the special value they bring to the table. To kick that conversation off, we have invited some of our Listening Post organizations to tell us about how they embody one of these values. So far, we have discussed how nonprofits are productive from a data standpoint, and Listening Post organizations Landis Homes and Liberty Lutheran have also shared with us how they embrace and embody the values of being responsive and caring, respectively. You can also tell you YOUR nonprofit story here.
Please stay tuned for more posts highlighting how our Listening Posts are effective, enriching, reliable, and empowering coming soon!
In December, we released a new, in-depth report examining the nonprofit sector in Virginia. Virginia's Nonprofit Sector: Shaping the Economic, Cultural, and Social Landscape provides extensive data covering the decade between 2001-2011 on the overall size and scope of the nonprofit sector in the Commonwealth of Virginia; examines the distribution of this nonprofit activity by field, region, and size of organization; details the sources of nonprofit revenue in the state; and analyzes the extent of recent nonprofit growth and discusses the increasing competition nonprofits are facing to retain their market share in key fields. The report also contains an extensive appendix focusing in on each region of the state. You can download the report and executive summary here.
This report was developed in collaboration with The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University.
In February, we released the latest data on the nonprofit sector in our home state of Maryland. This short report updates our series of previous reports on this sector, which plays a particularly important role in the state's economy. As discussed in this latest Maryland Nonprofit Employment Update, nonprofits employ 11 percent of the total state workforce - well above the national rate of 8.4 percent. In fact, the nonprofit sector in Maryland is the #1 employer of any industry in the state when volunteers are included; even without including those 100,000 full-time-equivalent volunteers, Maryland nonprofits are the second-largest employer in the state, behind only retail trade. This new report provides data through Q1 of 2012.
This report was developed in collaboration with Maryland Nonprofits. Also be sure to check out their "Nonprofits by the Numbers" interactive data tool here!
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