Nonprofit Organizations and the Nevada Economy

An Analysis of The Employment, Economic Impact, and Scope of The Nonprofit Sector in The Silver State

The State of Nevada changed rapidly in recent decades, enjoying one of the longest and most sustained population growth periods in the nation, followed by a severe period of economic contraction and recession. Unemployment during the Great Recession of 2007 reached a peak of 13.8% for Nevada in August of 2011 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). Amid the challenges faced by the Nevada’s economy, the nonprofit sector worked to combat the ravages of the economic downturn through the provision of services to communities across the state. The research report provides an overview of the economic contributions of the nonprofit sector and its role in the diversification of Nevada’s economy using data from the 2010 and 2011 Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program (QCEW) and the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) Business Master File (BMF) for August 2012.