Most nonprofits are small and community-based, serving local needs: 92% spend less than $1 million annually; 88% spend less than $500,000.
Nonprofits employ more than 10% of America’s private workforce – more jobs than in manufacturing, construction, or finance.
Less than 3% of nonprofits lobby to advance their missions – compared to 100% that have the legal right to do so.
America’s 1.3 million charitable nonprofits enrich the lives of everyone, in ways both seen and unseen. Nonprofit Impact Matters pulls back the curtain and tells the story of nonprofits from their perspective. It also provides practical insights and key national- and state-level data.
President & CEO, BoardSource
This is a vital intervention to document, celebrate, and defend the role of nonprofits in our communities, economy, and culture. The National Council of Nonprofits has done it again.
President, Ford Foundation
Knowledge is power, and this engaging resource provides nonprofit leaders and supporters the information they need to advocate for the continued vitality of their missions. As a former congressional staffer, I also think this should be required reading for our elected officials as they consider how policy changes will impact this vital sector of our society.
Executive Director, BJC
Operating a nonprofit is not easy these days. Several challenges exist. Some are internal to each organization. Others are external and larger than any one organization can address alone. By tapping into the power of nonprofit networks, including for advocacy, nonprofits can continue improving lives and creating more equitable and thriving communities.
The increase in needs for human services has been documented by multiple recent studies cited and explained in the report. Those increasing needs have strained the ability of many nonprofits, especially small to midsized nonprofits in local communities, to keep up with the need for services.
Nonprofit missions are vulnerable to actions by policymakers who, whether intentionally or not:
A change in federal law can have nationwide ramifications, but changes in a state’s laws can be just as consequential for the nonprofits in that state. And data show the odds of policy changes being made are much greater at the state than the federal level.
Nonprofits’ strength is in our collective numbers. Nonprofits exist in every community, are closest to the problems, and understand the issues.
Since nonprofits see the solutions to the community’s challenges firsthand, nonprofits should be sharing their insights with policymakers to help them make informed decisions. Policymakers need and deserve to hear the voices of their nonprofit constituents.
Nonprofits have the constitutional right, statutory authority, and moral obligation to advocate and even lobby on behalf of our organizations and the individuals and communities they serve. In fact, charitable nonprofits can—and absolutely should—speak out on matters of public policy that affect their missions.
Data on How the Pandemic and Economic Crises Are Affecting Nonprofits (National Council of Nonprofits, 2020, 2021)
Many state-level surveys and polls have been conducted, and in some cases, reports written, providing data from the field on how COVID-19 and the related economic crisis are affecting nonprofits. In addition, there are some nationwide and regional surveys and reports that provide insights. We gathered the state and national data here and will update the page when we discover new data of interest.
COVID-19’s Impact on the Human and Social Services Sector (U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, October 2020)
This report provides an overview, data, and analysis of the nonprofit sector’s critical role in recovery and how secondary effects of the pandemic have resulted in threats to its services and survival. It focuses on FEMA Region 3: DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV.
On the Frontlines: Nonprofits Led by People of Color Confront COVID-19 and Structural Racism (Building Movement Project, October 2020)
Building Movement Project’s latest report shines a spotlight on how 2020’s social upheavals are affecting people of color-led (POC) nonprofit organizations and their communities, programs, leadership, and financial sustainability. BMP surveyed 433 nonprofit leaders of color and conducted 41 in-depth interviews over the past few months to understand the impact of leading during times of crisis and possibility.
The Big Reset (Leap of Reason, September 2020)
Drawing on his decades of experience and countless conversations with those leaders from various sectors, subsectors, and organizations large and small, Leap of Reason author Mario Morino and his team created The Big Reset. This new website provides guidance and resources for nonprofits and funders as we face months – possibly years – of dramatically increased demand for services at the same time as significant funding decreases from a variety of sources. Excellent roundup of strategy, reports, and resources.
Image at top of page: Supporters of the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance telling legislators that community services are essential (image courtesy of the Alliance).