August 14, 2012
Spotlight: New book released on America’s nonprofit sector
If the nonprofit sector in the United States was a country, its total revenue of $1.913 trillion would exceed the GDP of Canada, Australia, Russia or India. That fact, along with many other interesting and educational ones, is included in the new, fully revised third edition of America’s Nonprofit Sector: A Primer. The book was published by the Foundation Center, a Mott grantee, and leader in information about philanthropy worldwide.
The publication, partially funded with a C.S. Mott Foundation grant, examines the sector’s challenges, trends and future. Additionally, it explores the field’s subsectors, such as health care, education, social services, arts, culture and recreation, religion and others. While the book focuses on the U.S. nonprofit sector, it also contains information about the sector elsewhere around the world.
A professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, Lester M. Salamon concludes his 295-page book by saying the nonprofit sector, and the thousands of private nonprofit organizations of which it is composed, still plays a vital role in American society, despite the expansion of the government’s role during the past five decades.