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Building House

The nonprofit sector has been growing steadily, both in size and financial impact, for more than a decade. Between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits has increased 25 percent; from 1,259,764 million to 1,574,674 million today. The growth rate of the nonprofit sector has surpassed the rate of both the business and government sectors.

In 2010, nonprofits contributed products and services that added $779 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product; 5.4 percent of GDP. Nonprofits are also a major employer, accounting for 9 percent of the economy’s wages, and over 10 percent of jobs in 2009. Read more.

Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

The UI Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy celebrated 15 years with a series of 15th Anniversary events to bring into focus the big issues facing society and the nonprofit sector. More

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2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report (Research Report)
Urban Institute, Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and the Association of Fundraising Professionals established the Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) to conduct research on fundraising effectiveness and help nonprofit organizations increase their fundraising results. Piloted in November 2006, FEP collects fundraising data from nonprofit organizations beginning with data for 2004-2005. The 2014 report, the latest in the annual series, incorporates data from 3,576 organizations that contributed data for 2012-2013.

Posted to Web: December 23, 2014Publication Date: December 01, 2014

Improving Access of Low-Income Immigrant Families to Health and Human Services: The Role of Community-Based Organizations (Research Brief)
Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Christina Weiland, Kjersti Ulvestad, Krista Perreira, Robert Crosnoe, Ajay Chaudry, Karina Fortuny, Juan Pedroza

The Immigrant Access to Health and Human Services project describes the legal and policy contexts that affect immigrant access to health and human services. The study aims to identify and describe federal, state, and local program eligibility provisions related to immigrants, major barriers to immigrants’ access to health and human services for which they are legally eligible, and innovative or promising practices that can help states manage their programs. This brief describes innovative practices that community-based organizations have used to address under-enrollment of low-income immigrant families in SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, and CHIP in four states – Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Texas.

Posted to Web: November 12, 2014Publication Date: November 12, 2014

A Timely Test About Volunteering (Press Release)
Urban Institute

Test your knowledge of a central ingredient of the charitable spirit: volunteering.

Posted to Web: November 12, 2014Publication Date: November 12, 2014

Tax Policy and Volunteer Labor (Research Brief)
Katherine Toran

Volunteers are extremely valuable to the charitable sector: Urban Institute researchers estimated the value of their labor at $163 billion in 2013. Though charitable contributions can be deducted from income taxes, volunteers cannot deduct the value of their labor. By economic consensus, donations of time and money are complements, meaning when people increase monetary donations they also tend to volunteer more hours. This Tax Policy and Charities brief explores how potential ways to create a tax deduction for volunteer labor would affect charitable donations, as well as the supply of volunteer labor.

Posted to Web: November 11, 2014Publication Date: November 11, 2014

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