Causes Count: The Economic Power of California's Nonprofit Sector

Jul 19, 2014
  • Description

This report describes, in economic terms, the stunning size, variety, activities and impact of California's large and diverse nonprofit sector. The research was conducted by The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego and was guided by an advisory panel of more than 30 leaders throughout California.This study synthesizes multiple sources of data to generate the most complete picture of the power of California's nonprofit sector to date. The research identifies and documents trends in the financial health of nonprofits, employment, volunteerism, foundation grantmaking, and civic engagement, as well as provides insight into what may be in store for California's nonprofit sector in the future. Select demographic data are also presented to provide context and assess regional differences.In addition to economic impact, this report also presents data about the more difficult to measure social impact of nonprofits, and documents the numerous ways California nonprofits express the deeply held values of our communities and engage people in our democracy.