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Indiana Nonprofits: Scope and Community Dimensions

February 27, 2015

This report presents new data on the size, composition, and distribution of paid employment over the 1995-2011 time period in Indiana's private nonprofit organizations in a broad range of industries traditionally dominated by for-profit industries. Nonprofit organizations make significant contributions to the quality of life for the residents of Indiana and are a major force in the state's economy. This is particularly the case for the industries where nonprofits play a major role, such as health care, social assistance, education, arts, culture and recreation, and membership associations. However, very little is known about the large number of nonprofits that are scattered across virtually all other industries in Indiana where for-profit establishments dominate. This report provides an overview of nonprofit employment in all the other "minor" nonprofit industries.

Recessions and Indiana's Nonprofit Employment

February 6, 2014

The overall nonprofit sector in Indiana continued to grow throughout the Great Recession and recovery of the past five years, outperforming other sectors. However, the growth trends were not uniform across nor within nonprofit industries, indicating perhaps worrisome trends for the future of Indiana nonprofits. This report presents new data on the size, composition, and distribution of Indiana's private nonprofit sector from 1995 to 2011 with a particular focus on the two economic recessions during that period. All dollars are adjusted for inflation and are reported in constant 2009 dollars.

Philanthropication through Privatization: Building Permanent Endowments for the Common Good

January 1, 2014

Philanthropication through Privatization is an activity that offers a way to reverse the upside-down effects of privatization by placing permanent assets in private charitable institutions dedicated to improving the quality of life of citizens, particularly those most directly affected by privatization. In the process, it can reduce opposition to legitimate privatization transactions by ensuring citizens they will share in the benefits that can flow from the sale of assets that are their birthright or the product of their sweat and toil. Properly designed and executed, PtP can revolutionize the charitable landscape of countries while transforming privatization into a win-win process for citizens, governments, and investors alike.The present report offers the first systematic look at what turns out to be a sizeable global process of social wealth creation that has already contributed to the establishment or enlargement of significant philanthropic institutions endowed with billions of dollars of assets and dedicated to a variety of social, economic, developmental, and environmental objectives.With a new wave of privatization activity now under way, and efforts to generate charitable resources to support civil society and social purposes going starved for funds, it is imperative that this option be better appreciated and understood. And that is precisely what this report seeks to accomplish.

Indiana Nonprofit Employment: Trends in Healthcare 1995-2011

September 16, 2013

Nonprofit organizations make significant contributions to the quality of life for the residents of Indiana. They are also a major force in the state's economy and in the economic health of all regions of the state. In particular, health care nonprofits (e.g., hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing and group homes for the elderly or people with disabilities, blood banks, etc.) not only provide critical services but also employ a significant number of workers with average wages higher than in most other Indiana industries This report from the Indiana Nonprofits: Scope and Community Dimensions project presents new data on the size, composition, and distribution of paid health care employment in Indiana's private nonprofit sector over the 1995-2011 period. All dollars are adjusted for inflation and are reported in constant 2009 dollars.

The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest Findings from the Implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook

March 11, 2013

A "global associational revolution," a major upsurge of organized, private, voluntary and nonprofit activity, has been under way around the world for the past thirty years or more. Despite the scale and scope of this development, however, official data to portray it have long been lacking. This report takes an important step toward remedying this situation by presenting a summary of new findings from the implementation b statistical offices in sixteen countries of the United Nations "Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts".Developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the UN Statistics Division and an International Technical Experts Group, and issued by the U.N. in 2003, this Handbook calls on national statistical offices to produce regular "satellite accounts" on nonprofit institutions and volunteering for the first time, and provides detailed guidance on how to do so. The result is a far more complete official picture of the scope and structure of the nonprofit or civil societ sector than has ever been available in these countries. This report presents the findings from the implementation of this UN NPI Handbook in 16 countries aound the world, including data on the comparative workforce, contribution to GDP, expenditures, revenues, and distribution of activities, and an in-depth look at the advantages off the Handbook approach over the traditional SNA methods of measurement.It is our hope that this report will help to encourage civil society and foundation leaders, volunteer promotion organizations, and statistical offices in other countries to promote the implementation of the UN NPI Handbook in their countries. The result will be to make the nonprofit and volunteer sector more visible, enhance its credibility, enable more effective partnerships between NPIs and public and private institutions, open new research opportunities for scholars, improve the clarity with which national accounts statistics portray national economies, and ultimately to improve citizen well-being.

What do Nonprofits Stand For? Renewing the Nonprofit Value Commitment

December 1, 2012

Nonprofit organizations are under assault today as perhaps never before, with consequences that could be profound for the future of these organizations and for those they serve. Proposals to cap the federal tax deduction for charitable contributions have become an increasingly common feature of budget-balancing measures from both ends of the political spectrum; a growing number of state and local governments have imposed new taxes and other fees on nonprofits, and shifts in government payment methods that advantage forprofit businesses have led to a significant loss of market share for nonprofits in a number of traditional nonprofit fields of activity.This report grows out of a first step toward meeting this challenge: to see whether there is a meaningful degree of consensus about the distinctive values of the nonprofit sector among a significant portion of the sector's organizations. More than that, the work on which this report is based also sought to explore two other matters: first, how well nonprofit organizations feel they actually embody the values they profess; and second, how successful they feel the sector has been in conveying these values to key stakeholders and supporters.To shed light on these matters, the Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Listening Post Project surveyed the 1,500 nonprofit organizations in the three core fields of human services, community development, and the arts that have agreed to serve as the Project's eyes and ears on major developments affecting the nonprofit sector across the country. The results reflect the responses of 731 organizations -- enough to provide a statistically significant sample of nonprofit organizations of various sizes, and of nonprofit activity, in these fields.While we do not claim these results are representative of the nonprofit sector as a whole (hospitals and higher education, for example, are not included), we do believe they are representative of both the total number of organizations and the lion's share of the nonprofit activity in these three core fields, which embrace a significant portion of all nonprofit organizations.

Indiana Nonprofit Employment: Historical Trends in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, 1995-2009

November 1, 2012

Nonprofit organizations make significant contributions to the quality of life for the residents of Indiana. In particular, arts, entertainment, and recreation organizations play an important role in preserving culture, enriching the lives of children and adults, fostering creative expression, and providing sport and entertainment. These organizations may also serve as a powerful economic force for the state by attracting not only tourists, but also a young, educated workforce that can have a major positive impact on regional output and productivity. This report from the Indiana Nonprofits: Scope and Community Dimensions project presents new data on the size, composition, and distribution of paid arts, entertainment, and recreation employment in Indiana's private nonprofit sector over the 1995-2009 time period. All dollars are adjusted for inflation and are reported in constant 2009 dollars. Note that there are too few government employees in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry to allow for separate analysis of public sector employment.

Michigan Nonprofit Employment

October 13, 2010

Presents data on the number of employees in Michigan's nonprofit sector, wages, and income tax revenues; distribution of nonprofit employment by location and issue area; job growth and demand for services; and competition in comparison with for-profits.

Communiqué No. 16: Escalating Pension Benefit Costs -- Another Threat to Nonprofit Survival?

January 1, 2009

Provides findings from a national survey of nonprofits that examines the benefits of nonprofit retirement programs, explores the financial stress the plans are under, and describes the coping strategies developed by organizations.

Communiqué No. 15: Health Care and Nonprofits: The Hidden Dimension of America's Health Care Crisis

January 1, 2009

Providings findings from a national survey that examines how nonprofits and their employees are affected by rising health care costs.

Measuring Civil Society and Volunteering

September 25, 2007

Initial findings from implementation of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions. Includes data on nonprofit growth, sources of nonprofit revenue, and nonprofit contribution to GDP.