Alaska's Nonprofit Sector: Generating Economic Impact
In 2007, The Foraker Group worked with the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at The University of Alaska Anchorage to develop the first comprehensive study of the nonprofit sector's impact on the Alaska economy. In 2010, the second study was completed and published in early 2011. A precedent was set. Foraker is now committed to monitoring the nonprofit impact on the economy, philanthropy and public policy every three years, using the best available data and our own analysis to help sector leaders address current concerns as well as plan for the future.
This study confirms that nonprofits are adapting to a shifting world - leaders are more aware of and taking action in the environment that has developed since the 2008 recession. This "new normal" continues to evolve, and we see many Alaska nonprofits transforming their strategies and structures to collectively carry out the missions that serve the state. We celebrate and highlight a few stories in this report where nonprofits have explored new structures and partnered to achieve greater community impact than any one of them could achieve on their own.
It's critical that policy makers - and nonprofit leaders themselves - understand the positive impact of the sector not only on communities, but also on the overall Alaska economy. A major purpose of this report is to give all of us the knowledge we need to tell our story of broad community impact.
We encourage you to read the report, and then decide how you can use the information to make your voice stronger as you work with other nonprofits, business, and government leaders. We play an important role in creating and sustaining healthy communities in Alaska - and we have important stories to share.
Dennis G. McMillian
President and CEO, The Foraker Group
Alaska's nonprofit sector accounts for $6.5 billion in direct expenditures. $4.4 billion is generated by charitable nonprofits, or 501(c)(3) organizations. $2.1 billion comes from other 501(c) organizations.
The sector employs 39,000 people - or 12% of the state's workforce - an increase of 7,000 from 2010. Nationally, the nonprofit sector makes up 10.6% of the workforce.
For the first time, we can provide statistics on jobs, as well as wages and salaries, for specific census areas around the state. Mouse over a region and a graphic will be displayed with that information, as well as the giving ratio and median contribution for the region. As with the statewide statistics, regional information is available for direct, indirect, and induced impact.
Additional data for the state as a whole can be found at the Chronicle of Philanthropy Study -- How America Gives and the report from the U.S. Census. Additional data for specific regions is available by following the links to the Chronicle and Census reports that appear next to that region in the table below the map. Data is not available for the areas in black on the map.