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The California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) announced today the launch of a statewide study: "The Economic and Social Impact of California's Nonprofit Sector." The study will report on the characteristics and impact of California's large and diverse nonprofit sector, highlighting the impacts nonprofits have on communities and their role as leaders of innovation.

"To our surprise, there has not been a study until now to look statewide at employment, taxation, volunteerism, and economic contributions of the nonprofit sector," commented Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. The study will use econometric models, national and state databases, and two surveys -- one of nonprofit leaders and one of the public -- to develop a comprehensive profile of the issues and opportunities that exist in the sector and to build understanding of how nonprofits serve as a partner to business and government.

The principal investigator on the study is Dr. Laura Deitrick of the Caster Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego. "Researchers and policymakers regularly study the economic impact of a wide variety of industries, everything from tourism to construction, to the microbrewery industry," commented Dr. Deitrick. "Similar to leaders in other sectors, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders are eager to have the data they need to inform strategy and policy development."

The study is guided by a Steering Committee of Dr. Deitrick, Jan Masaoka, and Janet Camarena of the Foundation Center. The research team also includes Dr. Alan Gin and Dr. Fred Galloway from the University of San Diego and John Durnford of the  National Center for Charitable Statistics. Initial key advisers to the study include:

The study's findings will be published in March, 2014.

For more information: 
Jan Masaoka, California Association of Nonprofits: 415-926-0034 
Laura Deitrick, University of San Diego: 619-260-2903

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