Nonprofit sector grows into powerful national player

Nonprofit sector grows into powerful national player

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The data can help drive decisions on where to invest public and private dollars, highlight regulatory needs and provide pertinent information for specific legislation — such as estimating how high the federal price tag could soar by making nonprofits eligible employers in the public service loan forgiveness program , which discharges a student's loan debt after 10 years of payments.

“So many still believe that nonprofits are completely volunteer-led,” said Rick Cohen, spokesman for the National Council of Nonprofits. “To be able to have official statistics is just a huge development, in terms of helping nonprofits demonstrate to policymakers ... that nonprofits are significant employers.”

Nearly 268,000 nonprofit employers doled out $532.1 billion in wages in 2012. In Pennsylvania, more than 18,000 nonprofits paid $32.2 billion in wages.

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