Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research
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.
The Caster Center offers resources and products that are grounded in systematic research and have direct applicability to the field. It also serves as an important training facility that enables doctoral students to directly engage in a variety of Third Sector research projects. The Caster Center works in collaboration and under contract with nonprofit-service and charitable organizations on a wide range of projects.
Mary Jo Schumann, Interim Director
In partnership with the Regional Access Project Foundation, this report illustrates the health and well-being of nonprofits in Riverside County.
Food and Function: An Assessment of the Capacity of Food Pantry Programs in San Diego County highlights new insights into the needs and gaps in the San Diego food distribution network through a ground-breaking collaborative survey. The San Diego County Food Pantry Capacity survey is a robust assessment tool that provides emergency food providers, community agencies, and legislators information to develop greater efficiencies and to meet the increasing need for services.
The 2015 State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Report chronicles the capacity, contributions, and overall economic health and well-being of the San Diego nonprofit sector over time and documents the current state of the nonprofit sector in San Diego County based on perspectives of local nonprofit leaders.
This study reveals for the first time the size, scope and economic significance of California’s nonprofits, relying on data that has never before been aggregated. The groundbreaking report was commissioned by the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), the statewide policy alliance of more than 10,000 organizations. The research was conducted by Dr. Laura Deitrick of the Caster Center and was guided by an advisory panel of more than 30 nonprofit leaders from throughout California.
Regional Breakdowns (Bay Area, Central Coast, Far North, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, San Joaquin, Sierras)
This report chronicles the capacity, contributions, and overall economic health and well-being of the San Diego nonprofit sector over time and documents the current state of the nonprofit sector in San Diego County based on perspectives of local nonprofit leaders.
Over the course of one year, researchers from the Caster Center interviewed seriously wounded service members and their spouses and children, as well as military, civilian and nonprofit professionals who work with this population.
San Diego’s only index charting the economic health of local area nonprofits.