Nonprofit Research

Just as we need to understand the trends and impact around tourism, construction, or the fishing industry as they relate to our economy and society, we need to understand the significant role that nonprofits play in our communities.

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Adding Up Impact

MANP conducts regular research on Maine’s nonprofit sector to help organizations, individuals and policymakers better understand the vital role of nonprofits in creating, sustaining and improving Maine’s quality of life.

Key Findings About Maine Nonprofits

MANP’s latest analysis, drawn from 2021 IRS filings and 2022 Maine Department of Labor data, affirms nonprofits are vital to Maine’s economy and quality of life. Nonprofits:

  • Contribute more than $14 billion dollars per year to the economy through wages paid, retail and wholesale purchases, and professional services contracted.
  • Pay $6 billion annually in wages, which translates to an estimated $350 million in personal income tax revenue for Maine.
  • Employ 15% of Maine’s workforce: that’s 1 in 6 Maine workers and about 100,000 jobs!
  • Mobilize around 400,000 volunteers per year who donate approximately $1 million of time + talent to improve Maine communities.

Download this Snapshot

For a more in-depth look at the size and scope of Maine's nonprofit sector, download the 2021 Adding Up Impact report, based on 2018 IRS filings and 2019 Maine Department of Labor data. 

Other Nonprofit Research

There are many sources for information about nonprofits and the challenges and trends influencing their work.

Governance and Leadership
Fundraising + Communications

More Data Sources for Nonprofits

Data Innovation Project’s Data Scan compiles data sources that are reputable, relevant to the work of organizations in Maine, accessible, and free. You can search by overarching category (Communities & People, Health, Education, and Economy) or use keywords to search. Different filtering options allow you to search by level of data, which will show you the smallest level of data available from that source (e.g., county level), year, or format (e.g., pdf or Excel). You have the option of downloading or printing what you find in the scan.