On August 5, 2014, CalNonprofits, a statewide alliance of nearly 10,000 nonprofit organizations promoting the interests of California’s nonprofit sector, released a report, Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector, “the first report of its kind to examine the nonprofit sector’s scope, activities and economic impact” in California.
If you don’t have time to read the full 60-page report, at least check out the Key Findings. There’s something for everyone: Grantees will appreciate that California foundations make nearly $2 billion in grants in California annually; economists will love that nonprofits represent 1/6 of California’s gross product; unions will take note that nonprofits are the fourth largest industry by employment in California; politicians will eye the $37 billion nonprofits pay in taxes; and those who benefit from the work of nonprofits (after all, who doesn’t?) will smile at the 75,000 plus organizations working to make the world a better place.
Best news: Californians overwhelmingly trust nonprofits to act on behalf of the public and deliver quality services.
Worst news (well, it’s hardly news): Resource disparities across rural/urban, racial, and socioeconomic status communities are significant and persistent.
Kudos to CalNonprofits for producing this report.