State of the Nonprofit Sector Reports

Publication date: 
September, 2016

Our statewide nonprofit association partners each produce valuable research about the nonprofit sector in their respective states. Here, we gather some of their "state of the sector" research into one page to help you get a regional perspective on our diverse and vibrant sector.

Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report (2016)

The fourth annual survey of nonprofit organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The organizations that developed the report include The Foraker Group from Alaska, the Idaho Nonprofit Center, the Montana Nonprofit Association, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon and Washington Nonprofits. Luma Consulting in Seattle assisted with reviewing the data and summarizing its findings. Financial support for the survey came from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, WA; Philanthropy Northwest in Seattle, WA; and GiveGab in Ithaca, NY.

Alaska’s Nonprofit Sector: Generating Economic Impact (December 2014)

The Foraker Group
Alaska's nonprofit sector accounts for $6.5 billion in direct expenditures. $4.4 billion is generated by charitable nonprofits, or 501(c)3 organizations. $2.1 billion comes from other 501(c) organizations. The sector employs 39,000 people — or 12% of the state's workforce — an increase of 7,000 from 2010. Nationally, the nonprofit sector makes up 10.6% of the workforce.

Idaho Nonprofit State of the Sector Report (2015)

Idaho Nonprofit Center
Idaho is home to over 5,500 registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, more 425,000 volunteers and over 52,000 employees directly employed by a charitable nonprofit. It is critical that policy makers, government and business leaders understand the positive impact the sector has in their community and on the economyor makes up 10.6% of the workforce.

Montana Nonprofit Sector Report (2015)

Montana Nonprofit Association
In 2013, of 6,973 charitable nonprofits in the state, 2,140 nonprofit businesses paid wages. A total of 46,794 employees were paid just over $1.7 billion in wages, representing 10.4% of all workers in the state, and 10.7% of all wages. Two-thirds of Montana's charities are run by volunteers - including volunteer boards made up of committed community leaders. Volunteers clocked almost 33 million hours of service in 2013, the equivalent of almost 16,000 full-time jobs, and 16th highest in the nation.

Oregon's Nonprofit Sector in Brief (2014)

Nonprofit Association of Oregon
In November of 2014, the five state associations serving nonprofits in the Northwest collaborated on a joint data collection and analysis effort as they have done over the past three years. Together, these organizations are dedicated to building the capacity of nonprofits in each of their states and across the Northwest. This report is designed to showcase the state of Oregon’s results through a series of graphs and short descriptions.

Washington State Nonprofit Sector Report (2014)

Washington Nonprofits
In November of 2014, Washington Nonprofits completed a survey of nonprofit organizations in Washington state. It covered topics including financials, governance and management practices, public policy attitudes and organizational behaviors. Designed to indicate the health of the nonprofit sector, the survey was done in conjunction with the state associations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon and repeated a similar study from 2013.

Wyoming Nonprofit Sector Report (2016)

Wyoming Nonprofit Network
The charitable nonprofit sector of Wyoming is a young and fast-growing economic sector employing more than 14,000 people. Of the state's 2,952 501(c)(3) public charities: 37% are human service organizations and 79% have budgets under $100,000.

Pacific Northwest Nonprofit Survey (Aggregated Results 2013)

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
This report includes aggregated results of five independent surveys distributed by statewide organizations to nonprofit groups in 2012 and 2013. Comparisons between states and between years must be made with caution, since the process in 2013 allowed each statewide group to make slight adjustments to the survey  and do their own data collection as opposed to the more unitary and centralized approach used in 2012. Semi-strucured interviews were also undertaken with represenatives from each of the statewide organizations and are integrated into the report's Implications section.

Related Organizations: 
The Foraker Group
Idaho Nonprofit Center
Montana Nonprofit Association
Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Washington Nonprofits
Wyoming Nonprofit Network