Know Your Sector

Think you know the nonprofit sector? Did you know:

• Michigan’s nonprofit sector employs nearly 1 out of every 10 workers in the state.
• There are more than 47,000 nonprofit organizations in Michigan.
• The 374,537 nonprofit employees in Michigan earned nearly $14.5 billion in wages in 2009. This translates into an estimated $90 million of personal income tax revenues for Michigan’s state and local governments.

The nonprofit sector has been one of the few engines of economic growth in Michigan in the past decade, and it has sustained this record during the recent recession, according to a new Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies report.

While the staff at MNA was busy working with Johns Hopkins to prepare this report, another organization was busy preparing the following video to demonstrate the size and impact of the nonprofit sector across the nation. If you work for, volunteer with or donate to a nonprofit, I hope this video is a great reminder of the impact all of us make every day, not just to the organization’s mission, but to the entire nonprofit sector.

Thank you to Philanthropy Reports and Ben Klasky for creating this video and helping the nonprofit sector tell its story! If you want to know more about Michigan’s nonprofit sector, visit our website at

Submitted by Lisa Sommer, public relations manager for Michigan Nonprofit Association.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Lisa – interesting blog and video! I didn’t know nonprofits employed that many people in Michigan.

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