New Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that non-profits are adding new jobs after the Great Recession.
Lydia DePillis of the Washington Post writes the increase of new jobs did not have anything to do with charitable giving. In fact, donations fell after the crash pinched household and foundation budgets, but private giving isn’t non-profits' only income. Federal funding has also helped expand services within the industry; still some non-profits had to dip into their savings to stay alive, resulting in declining asset levels.
"In times of greatest human need, the non-profit sector is there," says Shena Ashley, director of the Center on Non-profits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. "As a field, we’re really excited about these results. They show that the model works.”
"We are seeing some organizations start to shed emergency staff that they had to bring on," Ashley says. "We’re not trying to support this huge non-profit infrastructure. We’re happy to see that it can serve when it’s needed.”