Can a Growing Nonprofit Economy Lead to a Thriving Democratic Culture?

Can a Growing Nonprofit Economy Lead to a Thriving Democratic Culture?

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A new report from the National Council of Nonprofits, titled Nonprofit Impact Matters: How America’s Charitable Nonprofits Strengthen Communities and Improve Lives, examines the state of the nonprofit sector. As NPQ has noted many times, the sector has expanded rapidly since the middle of the 20th century. Indeed, a little over a year ago, citing data from an article by Colin Burke in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, we observed that the sector has grown from 0.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 1945 to 5.4 percent by 2015.

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For its part, the National Council of Nonprofits labels nonprofits “economic engines” that not only create 12.3 million jobs directly, but “also create work opportunities for millions of individuals above and beyond the millions they employ directly,” spend nearly a trillion dollars in goods and services, spur additional economic activity through the services they provide, and help to attract additional employers.
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Nonprofit Quarterly
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