To quantify and describe the nonprofit landscape in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, The Philadelphia Foundation commissioned a study by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia as the first step in gauging the sector’s vitality, leadership, sustainability and future direction. The study focused primarily on those 5,300 nonprofit organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania known as Public Charities, a group that includes a subset of 3,600 NPISH (Nonprofits Serving Individuals and Households) organizations.
This study is intended to clarify the picture of the southeastern Pennsylvania nonprofit community and fulfill three objectives:
- To provide a common description and language for understanding the nonprofit community serving southeastern Pennsylvania.
- To establish a common framework upon which further study of the sector’s strengths, weaknesses, assets, and challenges can be based.
- To promote better understanding of the importance of the sector to the overall regional economy.
It is The Philadelphia Foundation’s hope that sharing this information with the community will advance the Foundation’s vision of a dynamic and robust nonprofit sector that is critical to our regional quality of life.
To build on that data and ensure that the sector remains strong, the Foundation commissioned a series of white papers that frame key questions for community conversations. The first two white papers explore nonprofit governance and fiscal health within the sector.
We have made further work around these themes a strategic priority, and invite members of the nonprofit sector and the community as a whole to join us. Please contact us to learn how you can participate.
To print out the entire nonprofit study, click on the attached pdf .