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Nonprofit Sector Research

Explore the latest sector research reports ranging from marketing to volunteer management, fundraising to compensation, policy to economic impact. Sources include the vast library of the Foundation Center's Issue Lab, the federal government's Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), among others. If you have any additional resources that you’d like to share, send them to us at [email protected].

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Databases and Tools – National Center for Charitable Statistics, Urban Institute

2013 State of the Sector – Nonprofit Finance Fund

2013 Millennial Impact Report – Achieve and the Case Foundation

2013 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study – M+R Strategic Surveys and NTEN

Key Facts on US Foundations (2013) – Foundation Center

The Nonprofit Almanac (2012)  Urban Institute



America’s Nonprofit Sector Impact (2013) – Independent Sector

America’s Nonprofit Sector – Revenues (2013) – Independent Sector

Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact - A Conversation with Workshop Faculty – Issue Lab, Foundation Center



Cracking the Network Code: Four Principles for Grantmakers (2013) – Issue Lab, Foundation Center

Nonprofit Fundraising Study (2012) – Nonprofit Research Collaborative

2012 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report – Urban Institute



Nonprofit Governance Index (2012) – BoardSource



2013 Wage & Benefits Report (forthcoming) – Opportunity Knocks

Employee Engagement Survey (2012) – Opportunity Knocks

2012 Nonprofit Organization Salary & Benefits Report – Nonprofit Times

Nonprofit Compensation Report (2012) – GuideStar

2012 Nonprofit Executive Compensation Survey – BoardSource



2013 Online Marketing Benchmark Study for Nonprofits – Blackbaud 

B2B Content Marketing: 2012 Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – Content Marketing Institute

Small Business, Big Engagement: Trends & Best Practices in Using Social Media to Tell the Small Business CSR Story (2012) – Center for Social Impact Communication, Georgetown University

Dynamics of Cause Engagement (2011) – Center for Social Impact Communication, Georgetown University



Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment (2013) – CNCS

Does It Pay to Volunteer? The Relationship Between Volunteer Work and Paid Work (2013) – Issue Lab, Foundation Center

Volunteering & Civic Life in America (2012) – CNCS

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