Whether you need data to support your effort as you advocate for your cause or to bolster your case in a funding request, it can be a daunting task. These resources are provided in the hope that they aid you in your search.
New Hampshire's Nonprofit Sector: IN BRIEF
Impact & Innovation by the Numbers
This report is filled with up-to-date facts and figures about the contributions of NH's nonprofit sector, this is an indispensable tool for every nonprofit leader.
NH Center for Public Policy Studies Releases 2012 “What is New Hampshire?”
The NH Center for Public Policy Studies has release its annual compilation of graphs, data and analysis on the people, strengths and challenges of the state.
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Report Measures Economic Impact of Arts in NH
The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit working to promote the arts in America. The survey included 182 communities and regions in all 50 states. For NH there are reports available for the State and 5 different communities.
What Does the Data Tell Us?
A number of recently published studies have reported on the impact of the recession on nonprofit fundraising, growth and capacity to serve. These studies may help nonprofit leaders as they engage in conversation with policy makers. The Center has compiled some data and links to recent studies.
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A Portrait of the Nonprofit Sector in New Hampshire
The NH Center for Nonprofits published "Essential: A Portrait of the Nonprofit Sector in New Hampshire" in January of 2009. This 24 page publication documents the economic and social impact of the Nonprofit Sector in New Hampshire and highlights the significant role the sector plays in preserving and enhancing quality of life for NH residents.
Community Benefits Plans
The NH Charitable Trusts Unit maintains an online listing of all of the Community Benefits plans that have been filed in NH. Some can be accessed online. In NH, all health care charitable trusts are required to develop community benefits plans to ensure the unique health care needs of a community are met.
Read the full list.
Homeless Teens and Young Adults in NH
April 2010 - A new brief from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire finds that more than 1,000 adolescents and young adults in New Hampshire are homeless, and their numbers are growing. The brief, co-published with the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire, provides an estimate of homeless youth in New Hampshire calculated from national and state data, and describes the needs of homeless youth based on interviews and a survey of providers of homeless services in the state.
Read the full brief.
Monadnock Art and Cultural Nonprofits Are a $16.6 Million Dollar Industry
An impressive $1.3 million dollars is being pumped into the Monadnock region by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations each year reports a landmark study released recently by a local collaborative, Arts Alive and Americans for the Arts. The Arts and Economic Prosperity III study, provided compelling new data showing that nonprofit arts and culture in the region is a $16.6 million dollar industry and supports close to 500 jobs. The report was unveiled at a series of community gathering across the Monandock region in January 2010, sharing the astounding economic data.
Learn more about the new report and Arts Alive.
The Community Health Data You Need
NH HealthWRQS is a web-based data analysis system that produces reports about common community health indicators.The website contains information about the history and future of HealthWRQS, forms to request reports about the health of NH communities, or to request access to the HealthWRQS system. This site was created through funding from the CDC State Assessment Initiative.
Visit NH HealthWRQS.
Kids Count Census Online
Kids Count Census Online is a comprehensive resource on the status of U.S. children, featuring state-specific data on ten key indicators of child well-being. Visit the Data Book home page to download the report and create maps, graphs, and charts at the national, state, and local level.
View the Kids Count Census Online.
Health Data Inventory
New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice maintains the Health Data Inventory that provides information about what health related data is available in NH and where you can find it.
Visit the Health Data Inventory.
New Hampshire State Data Center
The NH State Data Center gives access to information on NH, including population estimates and projections, housing data, demographics and economic information while also linking to US Census data.
Visit the State Data Center.
Nonprofit Finance Fund 2013 State of the Sector Report
In the 2013 survey, nearly 6000 nonprofits respondents from across the
country shared the details of how they are adapting their organizations
and finances to current economic conditions. A key finding is that
nonprofits need, and are seeking, new funding sources and models.
Value of Volunteer Time Data
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, over 29.4% of New Hampshire residents volunteer their time for a total of 33.7 million hours of service each year. That represents a total service contribution value of over $735 million.
The Independent Sector has released further data that exemplifies that point. According to their recent study, the 2012 value of volunteer time is $22.14/hour, a 35-cent increase from 2011.
To read the entire report, visit the 2012 Volunteer Data Report
Daring to Lead 2011
More than 3,000 executive directors participated in Daring to Lead 2011, the third Daring to Lead national study with previous studies published in 2001 and 2006. The study indicated, that of those surveyed 67% of nonprofit executives anticipate leaving within five years. The report makes a four step call to action to address this reality.
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- Plan for successful transitions
- Advance understanding of nonprofit financial sustainability
- Expand and diversify the professional development options available to executive directors
- Find new ways to improve the performance and enhance the composition of boards.
Giving USA 2010 Report
Giving USA publishes yearly data about charitable giving that estimates how much was given by four different types of donors – individuals, foundations, estates (bequests) and corporations – Giving USA also reports on estimated contributions for 10 different types of charities. You can download a copy of the executive summary of the report for free. USA Today published charts based in part on the data which do a good job presenting philanthropic giving information visually.
Download a copy of the executive summary.
View the USA Today charts.
Listening Post Report on Nonprofit Advocacy Survey
Through a survey and a series of roundtable sessions the Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project produced this report that proposes strategies that could help strengthen the nonprofit sector’s effectiveness in the policy arena. It includes 5 specific recommendations for nonprofit organizations.
Read the roundtable report.
The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector: A June 2010 Survey
Public charities and private foundations continued to take a beating during the first five months of 2010. Some 40 percent of participants in GuideStar's first nonprofit economic survey for 2010 reported that contributions to their organizations dropped between January 1 and May 31, 2010, compared to the same period a year earlier. Another 28 percent said that contributions had stayed about the same, and 30 percent stated contributions had increased.
This report presents these results and more. Among the other findings:
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- Eight percent of respondents indicated that their organizations was were in imminent danger of closing.
- In order to balance budgets, 17 percent of respondents reduced program services, and 11 percent laid off employees.
- More than 60 percent of participants reporting decreased contributions attributed the drop to a decline in both the number of individual donors and the size of their donations.
- Among organizations that use volunteers, 17 percent used one or more in what had formerly been paid positions.
- About a third (32 percent) of organizations increased their reliance on volunteers, whereas 9 percent experienced a decline.
Recession Pressures on Nonprofit Jobs
The Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Listening Post Project conducted a Sounding, or survey, of its nationwide sample of over 1,100 nonprofit organizations in four key fields in early April 2010. Although findings indicated that nonprofits are experiencing significant strain in this economy, it also indicated that nonprofits have displayed enormous resilience and a strong commitment to their critical missions in the face of the lingering recession.
View the data from the report.
Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector
The James Irvine Foundation published this report in 2009. Their research identified 5 key trends that are converging to reshape the social sector. The trends include:
Read the Report for more details.
- Demographic Shifts Redefine Participation
- Technological Advances Abound
- Networks Enable Work to Be Organized in New Ways
- Interest in Civic Engagement and Volunteerism is Rising
- Sector Boundaries are Blurring
2009 National Board Governance Survey for Not-for-Profit Organizations
Grant Thornton conducted its seventh annual National Board Governance Survey for Not-for-Profit Organizations between Oct. 14, 2009, and Nov. 6, 2009. Responses to the web-based survey were received from 465 CEOs, CFOs, board members and other top officials of higher education institutions, trade and professional associations, social and human service organizations, religious organizations, cultural organizations, health care organizations and foundations.
View the report.
Advocacy Funding Provides a Good Return on Investment
A 2010 report based on a study by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy shows the impact funders can have by investing in advocacy and policy work. A recent study shows that the return on each dollar invested ranged from $89 to $157 for 70 charities in Los Angeles, Minnesota, New Mexico and North Carolina.
Overview of the Nonprofit and Charitable Sector
The Congressional Research Service released the report “An Overview of the Nonprofit and Charitable Sector” on November 17, 2009. The Report was prepared for Members of Congress and for Committees. It reports on the nonprofit sector’s size and scope, examines how charities are funded, gives an overview of charities’ relationship with government, and concludes by examining some policy options.
Download a copy of the overview.
The Results are In...
Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2012 State of the Sector Report Released
Nonprofit Finance Fund's fourth annual survey of nonprofits nationwide reveals that rising service demand is overwhelming a sector still coping with a brittle economy and a barrage of funding cuts.
View a six-page summary.
Nonprofits in Rural America
A 2009 study by the Bridgespan Group - Nonprofits in Rural America: Overcoming the Resource Gap - presents what it calls “stark data” on rural nonprofit funding and suggests how to strengthen the rural nonprofit sector.
Read the study.
The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States. They take the bulky Master Files from the IRS and make it easier to find the data you are looking for.
Visit the NCCS website.
US Census Bureau
The US Census Bureau has a wealth of information on population data, economic indicators and much more.
Visit the US Census Bureau website.
National Council of Nonprofits Publishes New Report
In a special report, entitled "State Budget Crises: Ripping the Safety Net Held by Nonprofits," the National Council of Nonprofits examines the alarming condition of state budget deficits and identifies three resulting trends putting nonprofits in jeopardy - state and local governments slashing funds for programs they expect nonprofits to administer, government agencies withholding contract payments for services nonprofits have already delivered, and governments taking operating money from nonprofits through new fees and taxes. Some talking points about the role nonprofits play are included. A series of action steps is recommended for nonprofits, government and foundations to take in concert as community leaders.
Download the Special Report.
Special Reports on Economic Stimulus & Recovery
Through our partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits, the Center is able to share an evolving series of Special Reports about our nation’s economic recovery, including analysis of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 that President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009.