Our Economic Impact, by the NumbersGeorgia Nonprofit NOW, Spring 2012
GCN’s latest research report, The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Nonprofit Sector, quantifies our sector’s powerful and growing contribution to the overall health of our economy.
Georgia’s nonprofits bring in and retain money in the state; provide jobs, wages and tax revenues; circulate money in the economy through purchases of goods and services; and represent a vibrant network of active community leaders, policymakers and businesses.
Quantity and quality.
Six years and one “Great Recession” after GCN’s initial 2003 economic impact report, the sector has grown considerably in both size and economic impact. If ‘nonprofit’ was classified as its own industry, it would rank ninth in total compensation and 11th in employment.
Diverse in mission focus, and active in all 159 counties across the state, Georgia’s 40,000 nonprofits work to better communities by directly addressing issues through public service or civic engagement, spanning the political spectrum of ideas and encompassing every aspect of human endeavor—from symphonies and little leagues to homeless shelters and day care centers.
In addition, the sector benefits our state in ways that can’t easily be quantified. Nonprofits are the tools for community building, fostering civil society, and strengthening our social fabric.
Leverage our strength.
We are a powerful contributor to, and driver of, the state economy. Use this report to expand your organization’s participation and opportunities by: promoting partnerships with the business community; extending your value proposition as a blend of your contributions to both “quality of life” and economic benefits; and inserting yourself in local and state policy discussions that impact your work and mission.