Human Service Nonprofits in Metropolitan Areas during Devolution and Welfare Reform

Brief

Human Service Nonprofits in Metropolitan Areas during Devolution and Welfare Reform

June 1, 2001

Abstract

As a first step in assessing the effects of welfare reform on nonprofit human service providers, this brief draws on data from the National Center for Charitable Statistics to describe how the size of the nonprofit human service sector in selected urban areas changed during the initial period of rapid devolution and welfare reform in the 1990s. Specifically, the brief examines the entry and exit of nonprofit human service providers from 1992 to 1996, when the federal government granted large numbers of AFDC waivers to states to revamp their welfare systems. The analysis stems from a broader study of the impact of AFDC waivers on nonprofit providers and focuses on the 53 largest intrastate metropolitan areas in the United States.

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