The State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles 2007
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From: Ashwani Vasishth <vasishth at csun.edu>
>From: "Center for Community Research and Solutions"
<research at unitedwayla.org>
May 7, 2007
Creating Opportunities: The State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles
Opportunities: The State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles 2007
has been published by the Center for Civil Society at UCLA.
This report looks at the state of the nonprofit sector in LA County.
Some of the issues examined: the potential shift in the nonprofit
paradigm from being a reactive body to a body that is proactive in
policy development among stakeholders, government; nonprofit
employment characteristics; trends in funding; areas of supply and
capacity; the policy environment (government agencies,
legislative issues) and more.
There are about 52,955 nonprofits in Los Angeles County. Of these
nonprofits, 12,600 are small community groups, 7,277 are member
serving organizations, and 32,528 are public charities (comprising
4,350 private foundations and 6,634 religious congregations).
Los Angeles County added 6 to 7 nonprofits a day on average over the
course of the last year.
The health sector represents the largest share of Los Angeles
nonprofit expenditures, accounting for 43.7% in 2005, followed by
education (24.2%), human services (15.7%), other (7.4%),
international (4.9%), religion (0.9%), environment (0.4%) and arts
Although nonprofit expenditures on homeless services increased 56%
from 2000 to 2003, by 2005, spending per homeless person fell nearly
$100 due to the increase in the homeless population.
The number of nonprofits providing housing assistance and addressing
housing affordability has decreased from 215 to 204 between 2000 and
2004, while the number of people unable to afford fair market rate
housing between 2004 and 2005 increased by 27%.
The number of residents using Los Angeles community clinics increased
by 7% in the past five years, while spending per uninsured person at
these clinics fell by almost $700 within roughly the same period.
Last year, the Los Angeles County nonprofit sector employed on
average 208,000 people monthly, with about 5,000 LA County nonprofits
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Bill Pitkin, Director of Research
Joseph Martinez, Research and Policy Analyst
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
523 W. 6th Street Suite 345
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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