Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector Quarterly Review

Our report provides data, analysis, and recommendations about 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 been: 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 2022 Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Quarterly Review provides Independent Sector analysis of federal data highlighting the nonprofit sector’s economic contributions and human capital. Recommendations cover research, practice, and policy. This report complements data and recommendations in the 2021 Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector annual report. As the nonprofit sector continues to be the underpinning of civil society and healthy, equitable communities, our goal is to spur deeper discussions, greater action, and more collaboration so that everyone in the U.S. can thrive.

Key Insights

Value of Sector

Nonprofits make up 5.9% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up 0.4 percentage points from the previous year.

Human Capital

Pre-COVID-19 employment levels for the nonprofit sector will return around July 2022 – a period of more than 11 months to do so.

Financial Resources

47% of nonprofits said they served fewer people in 2020.

Financial Resources

40% of nonprofits surveyed reported a revenue loss in 2020.

Public Policy & Advocacy

4 million nonprofit jobs saved through advocacy in 2020. Nonprofit advocacy supported the Paycheck Protection Program, payroll tax credits, and a temporary universal charitable deduction.

Governance & Trust

57% of U.S. public trust nonprofits to do what is right in 2021, down 2 percentage points from 2020.

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