About Nonprofits

Nonprofit Research

MANP conducts and compiles research on the nonprofit sector to help organizations and individuals better understand the vital role nonprofits play in Maine’s quality of life, and stay aware of trends and issues facing mission-driven organizations.

Nonprofit Impact Matters

America’s 1.3 million charitable nonprofits enrich the lives of everyone, in ways both seen and unseen. Nonprofit Impact Matters, a project of the National Council of Nonprofits, pulls back the curtain and tells the story of nonprofits from their perspective. It also provides practical insights and key national- and state-level data.

Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work

MANP’s economic impact studies report show through stories and data how nonprofits provide a great return on the investment we make in them. Nonprofits are major employers and significant contributors to the economy. The stories demonstrate how organizations work every day to improve the quality of our lives at a cost that is hard to beat.

Nonprofit Compensation

Every other year MANP surveys Maine nonprofits and produces a report on nonprofit wages and benefits as a resource for organizations to reference when setting compensation. Member organizations that participate in the survey receive the resulting report for free. Non-participating members and participating non-members receive great discounts.

Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector

At a time when the sector is both more critical and more vulnerable than in recent memory, it is essential that communities and their leaders understand the current health of the nonprofit sector.

Fundraising Effectiveness Project

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ annual Fundraising Effectiveness Survey collects fundraising data from nonprofit organizations and enables groups to measure and compare their fundraising gain and loss ratios to those of similar organizations.

Giving USA

This annual report outlines key trends in American Philanthropy. The full report requires purchase, but readers can download highlights for free, and free analysis of this report  is common.

How America Gives

A period study conducted by The Chronicle of Philanthropy to examine giving data by ZIP code and income level across the U.S. Interactive maps allow users to explore local data.

Leadership New England

This 2015 report profiles New England’s nonprofits and their leaders and recommends three shifts that will help the sector become more sustainable and healthier.

Leading with Intent

A national index of nonprofit board practices produced by BoardSource.

New England’s Creative Economy: Nonprofit Sector Impact (2011)

This report by the New England Foundation for the Arts outlines the many ways nonprofit organizations throughout New England are impacting local and state economies and quality of life.

Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving + Volunteering

This annual brief from the Urban Institute highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering.

Nonprofit Works

Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies’ Nonprofit Economic Data project (NED) created Nonprofit Works, an interactive database on the U.S. nonprofit economy, to provide users access to U.S. nonprofit employment, establishment, and wage data on the national, state, county, and industry levels. The site also places the data into context by comparing nonprofits to their counterparts in other sectors, as well as assessing the demand for the services provided by the nonprofit sector by looking at corresponding population and income data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources.

Partnering for Impact: Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Task Forces Produce Results for Taxpayers

This 2013 report from the National Council of Nonprofits reviews the creation, recommendations, and implementation activities of joint government-nonprofit contracting reform task forces in nine states to identify trends and insights that can be applied elsewhere.

Race to Lead

The nonprofit sector is experiencing a racial leadership gap. To find out more, the Building Movement Project conducted the “Race to Lead Survey” in 2016 and again in 2019. Over 4,000 respondents answered questions about their current nonprofit job, interest in leading a nonprofit, training/supports, views of leadership, and personal background. They were also asked about their views on race and the nonprofit sector. The compares responses from those who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) with white respondents’ background, aspirations to be leaders, training, and attitudes towards leadership.

The State of Nonprofit Governance

This report from the Urban Institute provides a snapshot of nonprofit governance policies and practices among operating public charities.

State of the Nonprofit Sector

Each year, Nonprofit Finance Fund conducts a State of the Sector survey designed to capture nonprofits’ trends, challenges, and actions across a broad mix of programmatic, financial, and operational indicators.

Volunteering + Civic Life in America

This annual report, sponsored by the Corporation for National & Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship, analyzes volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country. Data includes volunteer rates and rankings, civic engagement trends, and analysis.

Grantstation – The Spring 2017 State of Grantseeking Report

The primary objectives of the twice-yearly State of Grantseeking Report are to help you both understand the recent trends in grantseeking and identify benchmarks to help you measure your own success in the field. This document is designed to help illustrate the current state of grantseeking in the U.S.