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TitleState of San Diego Nonprofits Quarterly Index
ContactMelissa Wagoner
Contact E-mailmwagoner, at
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659

Charting the economic health of San Diego's nonprofits  

On December 8, 2011, the University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research will release the State of Nonprofits Quarterly Index. This index charts the economic health of San Diego’s nonprofit sector, proving consistent data to inform decision making by nonprofit executives, policy makers, and funders.

The State of Nonprofits Quarterly Index is San Diego’s only nonprofit economic index. The index provides data about seven key indicators that have direct impact on the economic health of San Diego nonprofit organizations.  Indicators include: Public Confidence, Individual Giving, Volunteerism, Demand for Nonprofit Services, Nonprofit Sector Wages, Nonprofit Employment, and Unemployment in San Diego overall.

What: Inaugural Symposium
When: December 8, 2011
Time: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: University of San Diego, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
Room: Warren Auditorium

Data for the index are derived from a variety of sources including: the quarterly Caster Center Giving and Volunteering Survey, 2-1-1 San Diego, nonprofit job postings, and California’s Employment Development Department. Additionally, a panel of more than 100 San Diego nonprofit leaders serves as “Nonprofit Economic Trend Reporters” contributing quarterly data about emerging trends in the sector. For a list of Trend Reporters, visit:  

This project is presented with support from: Luth Research, US Bank, 2-1-1 San Diego, and The Westreich Foundation.

The Caster Family Center is part of the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego. The mission of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research is to provide research, evaluation, and consulting services that build the leadership and strategic- and evaluative-thinking capacity of local nonprofits as well as to be the leading source of information, data, and research on the local nonprofit sector.

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