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The $137 Billion Connection: Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants

The Urban Institute is pleased to have hosted a lunch and panel discussion on the release of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants: Findings of the 2013 Survey.

This report, from the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, reveals that nearly 56,000 nonprofit organizations had 350,000 government contracts and grants totaling more than $137 billion in 2012. In this new study of nonprofit-government funding relationships, we move beyond human service nonprofits to assess the scope of government contracts and grants across most types of charitable nonprofits, adding a new dimension of knowledge. We also compare the funding relationships of human service nonprofits in 2009 with those in 2012 to assess changes in the aftermath of the recession.

This study is part of a collaborative project between the Urban Institute and the National Council of Nonprofits. The project was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Sarah Rosen Wartell, president, the Urban Institute

Elizabeth Boris, director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, the Urban Institute

Fran Barrett, Interagency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services, New York Governor’s Office

Tim Delaney, president and chief executive officer, National Council of Nonprofits

Lewis Faulk, assistant professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University

Jack Jackson, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, Catholic Charities USA




Speaker Biographies

Date & Time Saturday, December 9, 2023
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • President
  • Institute Fellow