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Causes Count is the first report of its kind to examine the nonprofit sector’s scope, activities and economic impact in the state of California. While some regional research about nonprofits has been conducted, the present state of knowledge about the California nonprofit sector as a whole is extremely limited at best. Our study addressed this deficiency, and gives the nonprofit community the information it needs to advance its cause.

 

"Congratulations on publishing such a powerful report. Every nonprofit leader should read it right now. Maybe this will help California nonprofits to seize their rightful destiny as the amazing force that they are."

 

"Terrific job! Your use of infographics to convey lots of dense information is terrific. I cannot remember the last time I found a voluminous report like this one compelling reading, but you did it. Congratulations."

 

"I commend CalNonprofits for undertaking a project of this magnitude: the first-ever statewide study of the California nonprofit sector and its economic impact."

 

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Study Funders

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+2 # Lori Burkart Frank 2014-10-30 15:46
This is one of the best laid out reports I've ever seen. Full of valuable information in easy to read visuals.
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+1 # Leslie OHearn 2014-09-30 14:11
I had no idea more than a million people were employed by the nonprofit sector in California. Why don't they all vote??
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0 # Andrew 2014-09-30 14:06
I work at a small nonprofit and this really showed me that we all matter - our efforts all add up, even if its not so apparent on a daily basis. Thank you for this big-picture perspective!
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+1 # Bill S 2014-09-04 16:40
Your report “Causes Count” is outstanding! Good work, good research, good writing. Thank you for your efforts.
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0 # GiveBIG RivCo 2014-08-27 15:16
Now this is something really important to share! #nonprofits are so important to our wonderful state of California.
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0 # L. Islas 2014-08-26 22:41
I am impressed!!! You hit a home run starting with your wise words about the important roles nonprofits play... love that you brought Downton Abbey, Nature, and environmental
causes into the fold.
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0 # S. Minniear 2014-08-26 15:28
I'm already fascinated by the results and I just started reading.
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0 # Clarissa B. 2014-08-26 12:41
This is better than any other economic impact report I’ve ever seen. Our board really needs to see it!
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0 # T. Backer 2014-08-21 09:51
I just finished a first read of Causes Count and couldn't wait to say how impressive and useful I found it. It is a beautiful, important work and I plan to publicize it every way I can.
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+1 # Yezdyar Kaoosji 2014-08-10 14:57
A "must own a copy" report for all California based nonprofit leaders, fundraisers and planners. CalNonprofits has raised the bar on defining sector demographics with this easy to read and understand report. One hopes other states will follow and eventually there will be a national report that educates everyone about the role of the not for profit sector.
Congratulations to Jan Masaoka and the leadership of CalNonprofits.
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+1 # Greg Baldwin 2014-08-08 11:04
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Causes Count report.

Great data and smartly packaged. Well done. I'm proud to be a California nonprofit today!
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+1 # Linda W. 2014-08-08 11:03
Thanks for this research!
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0 # Lisette 2014-08-08 11:01
I am part way through reading the report and I have to tell you – I am impressed!!! You hit a home run starting with your wise words about the important roles nonprofits play… love that you brought Downton Abbey, Nature, and environmental causes into the fold. It’s a great way of showing that our field isn’t just focused on one type of person or class.
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0 # Yezdyar Kaoosji 2014-08-08 11:01
Congratulations to you and the team of authors and researchers who put it together! You have taken a drab subject and made the facts and analyses jump out in an exciting and very easy to read and understand format. This will be a major resource for California nonprofits for years to come, and a great model for others in the country to replicate.
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0 # Deborah Connors 2014-08-08 11:00
BRAVO!! What an incredible, comprehensive and well-written study!!
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0 # Mark 2014-08-08 10:59
Fantastic. What are the 10 regions and when will you release them?
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0 # Janice B. 2014-08-08 10:56
Just read the Causes Count report – wow! Congratulations on publishing such a powerful report. Every nonprofit leader should read it right now. Maybe this will help CA Non profits to seize their rightful destiny as the amazing force that they are. I’m sending it to all my clients.

Thanks for all your great work. You’ve really turned Cal Nonprofits into an awesome organization. I’m proud to be a member.
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+2 # Larry Kaplan 2014-08-06 09:49
Terrific job! Your use of infographics to convey lots of dense information is terrific. I cannot remember the last time I found a voluminous report like this one compelling reading, but you did it. Congratulations .
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+1 # Robert Egger 2014-08-06 09:48
Please let the entire team know that you all did an OUTSTANDING job with yesterdays gathering. I was just amazed. The report rocked, the dialogue roared, and your all tore it UP.

I'm such a proud member of CalNonprofits!! !!
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+1 # Porcia Chen Silverbe 2014-08-06 09:44
Loved the video and the report!!! Congratulations !!!
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1Request a speaker to present the findings and their implications in your area 

2Order a hard copy and share with your colleagues 

3Write to your legislator about the role nonprofits should play in their policy decisions

4Tell us how you think nonprofits should use this information to advance our causes

5Purchase a dataset  and learn more about your region

Questions about
Causes Count?

Contact Dishauna Castro, CalNonprofits Program Associate