The State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy annual report premieres, shining a spotlight on critical issues affecting nonprofits and philanthro

SAN DIEGO – Every year, The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego compiles a report on the state of nonprofits and philanthropy in the San Diego region. This year’s report documents critical trends in organizational readiness, workforce development, and fundraising, as well as how nonprofits are responding to the shifting federal policy landscape, the growing diversity of our population, and our changing climate.


The San Diego region has a vibrant and growing nonprofit community working on the front lines to address our communities’ most pressing challenges. In addressing community needs, nonprofits also make a significant impact on the region’s economy, providing 115,344 jobs in the region and contributing $6B in total wages. Nonprofits are also held in high public esteem, with nearly 9 in 10 San Diegans expressing high confidence in their ability to deliver quality service.


Peter Callstrom, CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership, states that, “our region’s nonprofits employ an essential but often unrecognized part of our region’s workforce dedicated to improving the lives of all San Diegans. They are a key driver of our local economy.”


Yet, the research finds many internal challenges nonprofit leaders face with shifting federal policies and growing demand for services outpacing their capacity to respond. More broadly, the region’s communities are changing and nonprofit leaders recognize the need for greater focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizational policies and practices. Less a quarter of survey respondents expressed high levels of satisfaction with the diversity of their organization’s board of directors and executive staff, indicating room for improvement in this area. Likewise, the region’s climate is changing, posing risks to the communities served by nonprofits - but nonprofit leaders did not report this as a significant organizational concern at this time.


The Nonprofit Institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Emily Young notes, “The nonprofit sector plays a vital role in sustaining our quality of life and economic prosperity. Nonprofits are on the front lines of addressing some of our region’s most challenging issues, doing what government either cannot or will not do.”


Follow this link: to access the resource, The State of Nonprofits and Philanthropy annual report. The Nonprofit Institute will disseminate it to interested parties and at upcoming events. The staff team and researchers are available to respond to additional inquiries and provide consulting support as requested.


About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.