Attracting employees to the nonprofit sector is important because the sector is growing fast. From 1998 to 2005, employment in nonprofits outpaced national growth in other sectors by approximately ten percent. Furthermore, from 1998 to 2008, the number of registered nonprofits grew by 31 percent.
The following information provides some background of the nonprofit sector in the United States:
There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States
Approximately 80 million people volunteer with nonprofit organizations
The nonprofit sector employs more than 14 million people
In 2009, volunteers contributed 15 billion hours to nonprofits nationally, an amount worth $279 billion at the current average wage rate
U.S. based nonprofits have over $4.3 trillion in assets