Sector Health

The U.S. nonprofit sector is the underpinning of our society. Nonprofits provide a significant portion of the nation’s health care, higher education, human services, arts and culture, conservation, and other vital services. Nonprofits also have been the primary catalyst for major social change over the past 150 years. At a time when the sector is both more critical and more vulnerable than in recent memory, it is essential that communities and their leaders understand the current health of the nonprofit sector.

Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector

The annual Independent Sector Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector is a new and developing resource that conveys important information on the current health of the U.S. nonprofit sector across multiple dimensions and in a single, accessible format.

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Where do Nonprofits stand on Trust?

Public trust is the currency of the nonprofit sector. The public’s belief that nonprofits will “do the right thing” is one of the central reasons the sector exists. Done in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence, the Trust in Civil Society report explores the nuances of trust in American nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

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Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

The Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising.

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Community Building

Our sector and the communities we serve are changing rapidly through events and advances both small and large.  In these extraordinary times of constant change, we need to be able to exercise effective leadership and build relationships at all levels, in every organization, and throughout our communities.


Upswell is a growing wave of energy, experiences, and engagement. Our clear purpose: fighting for racial justice and getting the nation healthy, in every sense of that word. Through our free virtual Pop-Up events and our annual Summit this fall, you will build relationships, focus on wellness and care, and bridge divides toward belonging to to take your organizations and communities into a more just future.

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Bridging Fellows

The Bridging Fellows Program provides changemakers in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Dallas the opportunity to strengthen their individual and collective leadership capacity and grow networks to support building healthy and equitable communities. The program focuses on bridging specific areas of division, including ideological, racial, socioeconomic, and geographical.

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The long-term health of our sector – and every organization within it – relies on a strong continuum of leadership. Our NGen program is the sector’s premier program for leaders age 40 and under who want to enhance their skills, grow their networks, and prepare themselves to lead the sector into the future.

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John W. Gardner Leadership Award

Each year we recognize an American visionary whose work has empowered constituencies, strengthened participation, inspired movements, and improved communities.

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