2021 Nonprofit Economic Impact Report

Washington Nonprofits’ 2021 Nonprofit Economic Impact Report showcases data on jobs and wages at 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Washington State. The written report and interactive maps below demonstrate the scope and economic impact of our sector as well as trends in employment during 2020. We invite you to explore the statewide data as well as zoom in on a specific subsector or geographic region.

Mid-Year Update
Last year, Washington Nonprofits brought you a report on the economic impact of the nonprofit sector on Washington State’s economy and demonstrated the impact COVID-19 had on nonprofit employment through December 2020. We are happy to share that based on updated employment data through June 2021, we have just published a mid-year update. Data from the Washington State Employment Security Department shows that through the first half of 2021, nonprofit job recovery slowed compared to the second half of 2020. The nonprofit sector is also recovering more slowly than the rest of Washington’s economy, demonstrating the continued need for policymakers to support nonprofit sector recovery as community-based organizations lead pandemic recovery efforts.

Key Statistics

In 2019, 6,557 active 501(c)(3) nonprofits employed 252,949 people.
In 2020, nonprofit jobs overall dropped 6% to 238,032 statewide. At the lowest point of the year in May, nonprofit jobs were down 9%.
Nonprofits make up 7.31% of the workforce of Washington, more than the construction industry or the hospitality industry.
The 2021 Nonprofit Economic Impact Report

2021 Nonprofit Economic Impact Report


Nonprofits Serve All Parts of Washington State

Explore this map to see how nonprofits are distributed across our state and connect with nonprofits in your local community.

Nonprofits Are Vital To Washington

The charitable nonprofit sector contributes to the overall health and vitality of every community in Washington State. The economic impact of the sector is less often recognized. The statistics available in the links below show the scope and importance of nonprofits as major employers, and outline how nonprofit employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of this data is on charitable nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations.

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