Nonprofits play an exceptional and vital role in our communities and in our state. The sector enriches community life, offers people a way to participate, stands up for underrepresented people, provides needed services, and pioneers solutions to social and economic problems.
Nonprofits work in every corner of our state serving the public good—whether supporting returning soldiers, educating children, rebuilding neighborhoods, training the workforce, nursing the sick, caring for our elders, bringing the arts to wider audiences, mentoring our youth, protecting our natural resources, and so much more! Nonprofits touch the lives of every Oregonian, every day.
There are over 22,000 registered nonprofits in Oregon. Together they employ over 166,000—roughly 13% of all Oregonians working in the private sector. As a share of Oregon's total (public and private sectors) employment, nonprofit jobs make up more than 10%—the same amount as manufacturing.
Just as Oregon is a state of small businesses, it is also a state with a much higher percentage of small nonprofit organizations than is found across the nation. The majority of nonprofit organizations in Oregon—over 50%—are small organizations with annual expenditures less than $100,000.
Nonprofits provide essential human services, arts and culture programs, healthcare, education, and environmental stewardship. Nonprofits also offer meaningful avenues for civic engagement through volunteerism. Over 33% of all Oregonians volunteer, one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the U.S.
Sources: Data from the National Center of Charitable Statistics, the Oregon Employment Department, and www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/OR.