Nonprofit Research

Maryland Nonprofits plays a leading role in conducting sector research across the state and Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Our reports focus on improving the management practices of nonprofit organizations and raising awareness about the sector’s impact.

SALARY AND BENEFITS SURVEY

The 2021 Salary and Benefits Survey gives a picture of current employee compensation and benefits trends and practices in Maryland’s nonprofit sector. The report will help you establish salary and benefits packages for employees that are competitive and fair.

2021 Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey
2021 Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey
The report provides insight on concerns of employment practices such as the diversity of the executive levels of organizations and the gender pay gap. Since March 2020 the world has been challenged by both health and economic crises, giving this report even greater significance than in previous years. As Maryland recovers, the Maryland Nonprofits 2021 Salary and Benefits Survey can be used to establish a baseline for compensation in Maryland’s nonprofits in the context of understanding the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
 

Access to the report is an member-exclusive benefit. Members, login to the member portal to view and download the report. Not-yet-members, join today.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT REPORTS

Studies exploring the economic and social impact made by nonprofit organizations, their service demand, operational, and financial challenges, and the philanthropic activity within the sector.

 COVID-19 Pandemic and Racial Equity Survey
COVID-19 Pandemic and Racial Equity Survey

The COVID-19 and Racial Equity Survey aimed to uncover issues of racial equity within the nonprofit sector. The findings in our study show two nonprofit sectors: one that is far more challenging and inequitably structured for Black, Latino, Asian and Indigenous People leading nonprofit organizations, compared to the nonprofit sector experienced by white leaders.

Organizations led by people of color saw greater declines in resources during COVID-19 and had lower levels of reserves going into the pandemic than white-led organizations. White-led nonprofits were more likely to be larger organizations able to pivot and grow by accessing more relief funds during the pandemic.

By sharing this data, we hope Maryland governments and philanthropists will be motivated to re-design funding programs, making programs accessible and intentionally directing funding to community-based and people-of-color-led organizations.

Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers: Nonprofit sector drives economic and community development in Maryland State
Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers: Nonprofit sector drives economic and community development in Maryland State

A joint product of Maryland Nonprofits and the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies.

The 2021 Maryland Nonprofits by the Numbers survey investigates the size, scope, structure, and impact of nonprofits in the state, and demonstrates this vital set of organizations as essential drivers of community and economic development in Maryland. Maryland’s nonprofits employ nearly 13% of all non-governmental workers in Maryland and paid over $15,000,000,000 in wages in 2017. An accompanying data dashboard provides similar data on regional and county levels.

Strengthening Communities: The Impact of the Nonprofit Sector on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore
Strengthening Communities: The Impact of the Nonprofit Sector on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore

Presented by: Worchester County Economic Development, The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Greater Salisbury Committee, The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, and The Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland.

In partnership with Maryland Nonprofits and BEACON at Salisbury University.

 

KEY FINDINGS:

  • Nonprofits on the Lower Eastern Shore have a total economic impact of over $695 million annually.
  • The nonprofit sector supports over 9,200 jobs on the Lower Eastern Shore, making up 14% of the region’s total wages and 13% of total private employment.
Charles County Nonprofit Economic & Social Impact Study

Charles County Nonprofit Economic & Social Impact Study

Commissioned by the Charles County Charitable Trust

KEY FINDINGS:

  • The nonprofit sector in Charles County provides over 2,300 jobs and directly adds more than $23 million annually to the county’s economy.
  • Rising demand for services: Nonprofits reported being less able to meet the demand for their services in 2017 than in the preceding year.
2016 Nonprofits Count Report
2016 Nonprofits Count Report

A joint report with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

KEY FINDINGS:

  • Nonprofits employ 1 out of every 10 workers in the region. That’s almost 650,000 workers in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia!
  • Nonprofits in the region contribute over $112.3 billion dollars per year to the economy through wages paid, retail and wholesale purchases, and professional service contracts, contributing 12.4 percent of the region’s gross domestic product.
Nonprofits by the Numbers Web Portal
Nonprofits by the Numbers Web Portal

Maryland Nonprofit Sector Data by County.

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Unifying efforts across Maryland to support all Latino and immigrant populations.

Promoting a thriving and effective nonprofit sector