Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Advancing evidence and action to drive social impact.

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  • Research Report Nonprofit Trends and Impacts 2021

    Nonprofit organizations in the United States play a vital role delivering services, strengthening communities, and facilitating civic engagement. In our nationally representative survey of nonprofit organizations fielded January through April of 2021, we focus on operating 501(c)(3) public charities whose activities range from direct service provision to community building and advocacy.




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    For over twenty years, CNP has served a critical role as a credible and reliable source of information. Today, the media cites our data analyses almost daily, other nonprofit and philanthropy-focused organizations use our data and research in support of their recommendations and researchers across a broad range of disciplines use our data to build a knowledge base for the sector. To receive updates about the Center's work, sign up for the Social Sector Update newsletter.
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    Policy Program Manager
    Senior Research Associate
    Institute Fellow
    Institute Fellow
    Nonresident Fellow
    Interim Vice President
    Principal Research Associate
    and Director, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership

    Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy
    Tags National Center for Charitable Statistics data

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    Philanthropy in America is undergoing a major transition. The private sector is taking an active role in investing in local communities. More businesses are doing well by “doing good.” Nonprofits are modernizing the ways they measure impact. And the need for robust community solutions to increasingly complex and interconnected social problems is as acute as ever. The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy works across all sectors to increase the impact of actors on the front lines of social change. By partnering with changemakers, sharing knowledge, and analyzing results, CNP is amplifying these efforts to improve practice, inform policy and advance public understanding.

     

    What We're Working On

    • Helping social impact investing to be more effective
    • Identifying new social service innovations
    • Advancing diversity, inclusion and equity in the social sector
    • Examining ways to increase and democratize giving
    • Measuring local and global philanthropic giving and investments
    • Building the capacity of nonprofits to use data and evidence

    Our Engaged Scholarship Approach

    The power of our work comes from fostering an ongoing connection between the individuals conducting research and the people implementing community solutions. We put this engaged scholarship approach into practice by:

    Our Impact

    For over twenty years, CNP has served a critical role as a credible and reliable source of information. Today, the media cites our data analyses almost daily, other nonprofit and philanthropy-focused organizations use our data and research in support of their recommendations and researchers across a broad range of disciplines use our data to build a knowledge base for the sector. To receive updates about the Center's work, sign up for the Social Sector Update newsletter.

    Staff

    • Institute Fellow
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Institute Fellow
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Intern
    • Nonresident Fellow
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Senior Fellow
    • Policy Analyst
    • Interim Vice President
      Principal Research Associate
      and Director, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
    • Senior Research Associate
    • Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair
    • Policy Program Manager
    • Incoming Vice President for Nonprofits and Philanthropy
      Senior Fellow
    • Project Manager