Fact Sheet Financial Health of Community-Based Development Organizations in the US, 2018
Lydia Lo, Corianne Payton Scally, Jesse Lecy, Shubhangi Kumari
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Nonprofit community-based development organizations work in low-income communities and communities of color to implement development projects, such as affordable housing and community facilities, and provide programs and activities that meet community needs. They need financial resiliency and sustainability to ensure they can continue to serve their missions in their communities.

To better understand the financial characteristics and health of the nonprofit CBDO sector today and over time, this study is the first to link CBDOs to their financial data reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to maintain their tax-exempt status. It examines sector funding flows, leverage, and liquidity by organizational size, geographic region, and real estate holdings.

This national factsheet highlights

  • where CBDOs are concentrated nationally,
  • what the sector looks like financially,
  • how organizational size and region matters to financial health, and
  • how financial characteristics have changed over time.
Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Nonprofits and philanthropy
Tags Housing affordability Community and economic development National Center for Charitable Statistics data Nonprofit data and statistics
Policy Centers Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Research Methods Quantitative data analysis
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