Study finds Virginia nonprofits continue to add jobs, build economy

Virginia’s Nonprofit Sector: Shaping the Economic, Cultural and Social Landscape
November 2012

A joint report of The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University

Largely invisible to most Virginia residents is a set of institutions that, taken together, constitute the state’s third largest employer, deliver the lion’s share of the available health, cultural, and social services, enliven the state’s democracy, and add immeasurably to its citizens’ overall quality of life.

This component of Virginia's many communities is the vast array of private hospitals, universities, symphonies, soup kitchens, nursing homes, family service agencies, churches, civic agencies, environmental groups and other diverse organizations that comprise Virginia’s private “nonprofit sector.”

This report builds on the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society's earlier analysis of Virginia's nonprofit sector, which was published in 2008.  In light of the recent economic downturn, it is critical to reassess how our nonprofits have fared since the 2008 publicaiton, and more importantly, through and following the 2007-2009 national recession.  This update analyzes several major topics:

  • The overall size of Virginia's nonprofit sector - the number of organizations and their expenditures, assets, and number of workers.
  • The distribution of nonprofit activity by field, region and size of organization.
  • The sources of nonprofit revenue.
  • The extent of nonprofit growth over the past decade.
  • The resulting changes in the "market position" of nonprofit providers.
  • The relative wage levels of nonprofit vs. for-profit employers.

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