The U.S. nonprofit sector is the underpinning of our society. In 2020, we have seen this in extraordinary and extraordinarily painful ways. 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.
Nonprofits make up 5.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
In 2019, Americans gave $450 billion to charity, but the number of donors continued a downward trend, declining by 3%
Nonprofits make up 7% of total workforce and 10% of private workforce
Voters contacted by nonprofits turn out at rates 11 percentage points higher than comparable voters
7% of nonprofits are estimated to close due to the pandemic and 1 million nonprofit jobs have been lost
59% of U.S. public trust nonprofits to do what is right