A new report from the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies reveals that nonprofit organizations are major employers and major sources of employment growth in countries throughout the world. The report draws on new data generated by statistical offices in 16 countries that have implemented a new United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions. This Handbook calls on national statistical offices to report on the economic scale and composition of nonprofit organizations in their countries for the first time. Key findings to date from implementation of this Handbook, as summarized in this report, include these:
A Major Employer
A Significant Contributor to GDP
Diverse Sources of Revenue
A Growing Sector
"The global nonprofit sector is an enormously important economic actor, as well as a significant source of citizen well-being in countries throughout the world," noted Lester M. Salamon, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, which compiled these data and worked with the U.N. to create the Handbook. "It is time that we recognize more fully the contribution it makes."
The U.N. Nonprofit Handbook
The findings reported here cover 16 countries that have so far implemented the United Nations Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. Developed by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies in cooperation with the U.N. Statistics Division and an international statistical advisory group, this Handbook calls on national statistical offices to prepare regular "satellite accounts" on the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and volunteering as part of their official economic data-gathering and reporting. This is the first time that guidelines for such statistical reports on nonprofit institutions have been established.
The 16 countries completing at least one nonprofit institution satellite account and covered in this report are: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Thailand, and the United States.
The full text of the Johns Hopkins report, "The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest Findings from Implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook," is available at http://ccss.jhu.edu.
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