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After temporary expansions meant to help charities stay afloat during the COVID-19 crisis expired at the end of the year, advocates are hoping for a revival. A bill led by Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) in the House and James Lankford (R-Okla.) in the Senate would allow above-the-line deductions worth up to one-third of the standard deduction a taxpayer took for 2021 and 2022.  

The Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University released a report with updated estimates of nonprofit employment through October 2021. Following an anemic September, October’s report brought good news—with nonprofits adding nearly 45,000 jobs during the month, the sector has now recovered 70% of the 1.64 million jobs initially estimated to have been lost during the first three months of the pandemic.

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This factsheet shares some national findings on diversity in nonprofit organizations and is part of a larger Nonprofit Trends and Impacts Report which also looks at donation trends between 2015 and 2020 as well as first-year impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Federal Reserve released the initial results of its recent nationwide survey conducted to learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on low- to moderate-income people and communities and the entities – primarily nonprofits – serving them. 

In the spring of 2021, the Center conducted a survey of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on nonprofit finances, staff, programs, and operations. 

The Independent Sector Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Quarterly Review report is new for 2021, and focuses on nonprofit employment and economic contributions to the nation. It follows publication of the first Independent Sector Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Annual Report, which was released in 2020. The annual report is a more comprehensive resource that conveys important information on the current health of the U.S. nonprofit sector across multiple dimensions and in a single, accessible format.

The Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University released a report with updated estimates of nonprofit employment through March 2021. All fields of nonprofit activity experienced significant job gains during the month for the first time since August 2020, though these still left nonprofit jobs well below pre-COVID-19 levels.

The Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University released a report with updated estimates of nonprofit job losses through January 2021. The report also projects the amount of time it will require to return to pre-pandemic employment levels - currently at 2 years.

The National Council on Nonprofits is calling on all nonprofit organizations to sign onto a national letter from the nonprofit sector.  The letter to President Biden and Senate and House Leadership calls for federal action to provide targeted relief to the nonprofit sector, to strengthen charitable giving incentives, to provide full unemployment benefit reimbursement, and to allow for aid to state and local governments. The NH Center for Nonprofits urges nonprofit leaders to sign on. 

In a continuing effort to track the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on nonprofit employment, this report from the Center for Civil Society Studies documents estimates of nonprofit job losses through December 2020, as reflected in the December BLS Employment Situation Report. What these data reveal is a striking reversal of the admittedly tepid growth in nonprofit employment in the prior three months, leaving nonprofit employment still down by a conservatively-estimated nearly 930,000 jobs by the end of the year. The report then goes on to track the slow recovery of nonprofit jobs over the past several months and then to estimate the likely time to full recovery given the new information about vaccine availability and potentially energized federal attention promised by the incoming national administration.


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