Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research

Part of the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research, the mission of the Caster Center is to provide research, evaluation and consulting services that benchmark the nonprofit sector and build the capacity of nonprofits and philanthropies.


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. 

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Regional Breakdowns (Bay Area, Central Coast, Far North, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento, San Diego, San Joaquin, Sierras)

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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. 

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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. 

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San Diego’s only index charting the economic health of local area nonprofits.

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