This page lists recent articles, reports, and data of interest to nonprofits. We will continue to add fresh information about charitable nonprofits, so we invite you to bookmark the page and return regularly. Also, you can find more resources our main website under Research, Reports, and Data on the Nonprofit Sector.
In Major Gaps in Training and Coaching Hobble Nonprofit Success (Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 6, 2019), leaders of Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative discuss the importance of nonprofit infrastructure. As they say, “Though such investments may not always be flashy or glamorous, they’re critical to ensuring that nonprofits have a strong foundation for their work.” When they asked leaders to identify the greatest needs, they heard: “policy advocacy, especially at the state and local levels; governance; technology; financial management, planning, and literacy; equity and diversity; and professional development, particularly for young and midlevel staff.”
Ending the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle, a report and related articles by foundation leaders (The Bridgespan Group, September 2019). Working with five foundations, Bridgespan identified persistent chronic underfunding problems among the 15 largest foundations that threaten the financial health of grantees - and identified possible solutions.
It’s September: Do You Know Where Your Donors Are? First Half of 2019 Shows Donor Drop, Nonprofit Quarterly (September 2019). This article reports that the Fundraising Effectiveness Project’s 2019 Second Quarter Report continues to show alarming declines in number of donors and dollars raised, a trend that NPQ warned about in an earlier article based on Giving USA’s 2018 data.
Quarterly Fundraising Report Second Quarter 2019, Fundraising Effectiveness Project (September 2019). The Project’s 2019 Second Quarter Report continues to show decreases in the number of donors and other key indicators of charitable giving.
New Hampshire's Nonprofit Sector in Brief, NH Center for Nonprofits (August 2019). This report highlights the economic impact of New Hampshire’s nonprofits, as well as the diversity of New Hampshire’s nonprofit sector and the value of volunteerism.
When the Best Offense is a Good Defense (ORS Impact, June 2019) reveals the truth that most policy advocates know: “[T]hat a ‘win’ can mean avoiding a disadvantageous policy or holding the line on past wins.” Indeed, more often than not, advocacy for a sector or subsector is defensive in nature – stopping, deflecting, avoiding bad policy proposals.
Jon Pratt, “The True Story of Nonprofits and Taxes,” Nonprofit Quarterly (Spring 2019). The article presents data showing that while nonprofits received $137 billion in tax preferences from exemptions and deductions, nonprofits paid about $247 billion in taxes and fees to various governmental entities.
Nebraska’s Nonprofit Sector: Economic Impact Report, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (April 2019).
Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector (Building Movement Project, February 2019). This report reveals that women of color encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement over and above the barriers faced by white women and men of color.
Americans for the Arts, Data and Reports on the Economic Impact of the Arts. A collection of studies and publications regarding the economic impact of the arts and culture.
BoardSource, Leading with Intent. Provides the results of a bi-annual survey and analyzes trends and insights about today’s nonprofit boards.
BoardSource, et al., Stand for Your Mission – Discussion Guide for Boards on the Power of Board Advocacy. Explains the expectation that nonprofit board members will engage in the advocacy to advance the missions of their organizations.
Building Movement Project, Race to Lead. A series of surveys and reports on the racial leadership gap in the nonprofit sector.
Giving USA Foundation, Giving USA. Annual report on charitable giving by individuals, foundations, and corporations, broken down by subsector and other factors.
Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, Nonprofit Works. Provides data on nonprofit employment, establishments, and wages.
Nonprofit Finance Fund, 2018 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey. Shares data about nonprofits' programmatic, operational, and financial health and the challenges nonprofits face.
Open Impact, The New Normal: Capacity-Building in a Time of Disruption. Explores how the current economic and political environment is impacting the capacity building needs of social-change leaders, nonprofits, networks, and movements, and how funders can better support this work going forward.
The Salvation Army, Human Needs Index. Provides regularly updated national, state, and regional indicators that, unlike other traditional income-based measures of poverty, represent need based on consumption rather than income alone.
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Research Data on the Nonprofit Sector. Source of the latest official information on employment and wages in the nonprofit sector.
United for ALICE. Provides national, state, and county-level data on the more than four in ten households in the United States unable to stretch their income to meet their household needs.
United Nations, Human Rights Council Report, May 4, 2018. Provides data from U.S. sources and evaluates the extent to which government policies and programs at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels relating to extreme poverty are adequate for meeting basic human rights obligations.
Urban Institute, National Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Almanac. Provides data on the size and scope of the nonprofit sector.
Image at top of page: Volunteers with the League of Women Voters help register people to vote who have just become naturalized citizens in Anchorage, Alaska.