Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector Quarterly Review

Our report provides data, analysis, and recommendations about key areas powering 1.8 million nonprofits, including finances, human capital, governance, trust, public policy, and advocacy.


Independent Sector regularly releases Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector reports – an evolving and growing resource of data, analysis, and recommendations about key areas powering more than 1.8 million U.S. nonprofits. Since 2020, when Independent Sector launched these reports, the focal points have included: Financial Resources, Human Capital, Governance and Trust, and Public Policy Advocacy. The reports make a broad set of measures easily accessible and present them side-by-side, so stakeholders and key decisionmakers can quickly see the most accurate snapshot of the state of civil society.

This most recent Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Quarterly Review covers the end of 2022 and the first quarter of 2023The report released on July 10, 2023, presents Independent Sector analysis of federal data highlighting the nonprofit sector’s economic contributions and human capital alongside other key sources of quarterly data.

Key Insights

Value of Sector

Nonprofits' gross value added comprises 5.6% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), within the average range for the sector in recent years.

Human Capital

The nonprofit workforce grew more diverse in the first quarter of 2023.

Financial Resources

U.S. nonprofits contributed $1.4 trillion to the economy in 2022.

Financial Resources

The number of donors decreased 10% in 2022.

Public Policy and Advocacy

54% of people report advocating in 2022, but only a subset of those advocates did so through a nonprofit

Governance and Trust

56% of the U.S. public trusted nonprofits to do what is right in 2022, down 3 percentage points from 2020.

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