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The Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University has created a method to disclose federal data on nonprofit employment collected through the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, a data source operated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In cooperation with the bureau, the center will develop a robust database on nonprofit employment by state and county going back 20 years, analyze this data, and create a public use access point for it. The center plans to produce a series of reports and a major book presenting this data and analyzing the dynamics it reveals, as well as establish an on-line database that researchers, state nonprofit associations, funders, and other stakeholders can use. Johns Hopkins University is one of America's premier research universities. The Center for Civil Society Studies seeks to improve understanding and the effective functioning of not-for-profit, philanthropic, or civil society organizations.
This grant supports the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation's largest network of nonprofits, now with more than 25,000 member organizations across the country. Its mission is to advance the vital role, capacity, and voice of charitable nonprofit organizations. The council works through its network of state associations to help nonprofits operate more effectively, engage in critical policy issues affecting the sector, and achieve greater impact in their communities. Over the past two years, the council advocated for policies favorable to the nonprofit sector, raised public awareness and advanced solutions regarding the government-nonprofit contracting system, and strengthened its network. During the upcoming grant period, the council will continue to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits, give voice to nonprofits through public policy advocacy, and highlight the vital roles that charitable nonprofits play in benefiting local communities.
LearnPhilanthropy is a collaborative initiative to build an online, field-wide hub for grantmaker learning. The project was developed by a network of grantmakers and philanthropy support professionals so that the philanthropic infrastructure can more efficiently and effectively serve the field. Incubated by the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, LearnPhilanthropy is now hosted by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, a unit of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It currently has 59 content partners consisting of a wide variety of philanthropic support organizations. This grant will support establishing online training opportunities for new grantmakers, the continued development of content partner relationships, improving site design, increasing user traffic, maintaining and developing relationships with other philanthropy infrastructure organizations, developing a sustainable revenue model, and aligning resources within the Johnson Center's Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
We fund organizations and initiatives that promote effectiveness, accountability, and transparency within the sector; build the capacity of foundations and nonprofit organizations to address local community needs; enhance the sector’s legal, fiscal, research, and policy framework; and ensure an adequate, responsive flow of resources to the nonprofit sector. Our geographic focus includes: Central/Eastern Europe and Russia, South Africa, United States, and select countries internationally, as well as globally.
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