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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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Urban Institute Announces Initiative to Help Guide, Design, and Assess "Pay for Success" Projects Across the Country (Press Release)
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The Urban Institute today launched an initiative to ensure "Pay for Success" (PFS) transactions are well-designed, informed by rigorous research, and deliver outcomes as intended.

Posted to Web: March 16, 2015Publication Date: March 16, 2015

Foundation Grantmaking over the Economic Cycle (Research Report)
Nathan Dietz, Brice McKeever, Ellen Steele, C. Eugene Steuerle

American grantmaking foundations must pay out a minimum of 5 percent of their investment assets each year for charitable purposes, and they are penalized for dropping below a five-year average rate with a higher excise tax. These rules, combined with many foundations’ tendency to simply pay out at a fairly constant rate, tend to make foundation grantmaking procyclical: payouts decline during economic downturns. This brief covers a conference discussion on whether grantmaking might productively be made more countercyclical and examines changes in foundation grantmaking between 1997 and 2010, largely based on National Center for Charitable Statistics data.

Posted to Web: March 09, 2015Publication Date: March 09, 2015

A New Model for the Provision of Affordable Homeownership (Research Report)
Brett Theodos, Christina Plerhoples, William Monson

This report explores the approach to encouraging homeownership practiced by Homewise, a homeownership organization based in New Mexico. Homewise differs from many other homeownership organizations in that it lowers required downpayments and monthly payments, and has a vertically integrated model, from initial inquiry to final financing and post-purchase services. The report describes the Homewise model and presents evidence on the characteristics and outcomes of Homewise clients. Homewise's model suggests that with a carefully structured, vertically integrated system, homeownership can be encouraged in ways that better align risks and incentives for the counselor, borrower, and lender.

Posted to Web: March 04, 2015Publication Date: March 04, 2015

National Center for Charitable Statistics Discovers Unauthorized Access to Form 990 and e-Postcard Filing Systems for Nonprofit Organizations (Press Release)
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The Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) recently discovered that an unauthorized party or parties gained access to the Form 990 Online and e-Postcard filing systems for nonprofit organizations.

Posted to Web: February 24, 2015Publication Date: February 24, 2015

Urban Institute and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Announce Multi-Year Collaboration to Help Strengthen the Firm's Philanthropic Impact (Press Release)
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The Urban Institute and JPMorgan Chase & Co. today launched a multi-year program that aims to inform and assess the impact of JPMorgan Chase’s key philanthropic initiatives.

Posted to Web: February 05, 2015Publication Date: February 05, 2015

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