Northeast Florida’s Nonprofit Sector Key to Region’s Economic Well-Being

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State of the Sector 2012

Nonprofits in Northeast Florida are an important part of the region’s economy, generating $5.8 billion in revenues, supporting 56,000 employees and providing meaningful work for 114,000 volunteers, according to the 2012 edition of the State of the Sector report.

The report, produced by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, is the latest in a series of studies that document changes in the region’s nonprofit sector since 1998. The 2012 study is the first to include data on nonprofit employees and volunteers.

Among the key findings:

  • In 2010, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 1,081 nonprofits in Northeast Florida reported to the IRS. By contrast, there are more than 34,000 for profit businesses in the region.
  • The largest cohort of nonprofits work to provide essential, non-medical human services to adults, children and the elderly.
  • The second largest, and fastest growing, cohort is Associations — PTAs, booster clubs and youth and recreational sports organizations. This cohort represents 12% of the region’s nonprofit sector.
  • In 2010, the region’s nonprofits employed 56,935 employees, equivalent to 9% of the civilian work force in the region, with a payroll of $2.3 billion.
  • Volunteers contributed an estimated 2.3 billion hours of their time serving secular nonprofits in 2010. Those hours are valued at $44 million.

“This research is critical to helping our community and public policy makers understand and appreciate the role that nonprofits play,” said Sherry Magill, president of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.