Our powerful nonprofit sector!

The numbers are in and they are impressive! Each year the Oregon Employment Department crunches the number and produces an overview of employment by Oregon’s nonprofit sector. The Oregon’s Nonprofits in 2018  was just released last week. I have to admit that I geek out a bit on this data. Here are a few of the highlights from the report:

  • 196,300 employees work for the 9,800 staffed nonprofits in Oregon.    
  • Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest nonprofit employers.
  • Nonprofits make up 11.9 percent of Oregon's private sector employment.
  • Oregon's nonprofits paid an average $51,844, just $194, or 0.4 percent below the private for-profit industries $52,038 in 2018.
  • Nonprofits reported $23.07 median hourly wage (1st quarter 2018).
  • About 22,500 rural Oregonians are employed by nonprofits.

It is important to note that for this study, the OED includes all types of nonprofits, not just 501(c)(3)s. Kudos to the team at the Oregon Employment Department, especially Nick Beleiciks and Dallas Fridley, for this important data report. The power of the nonprofit sector in economic scale and employment responsibilities is striking. When you factor into this data the many thousands of nonprofits that deliver their work only through the work of dedicated volunteers and therefore not included in the numbers above, you can see why Oregon’s nonprofits are such an important part of the fabric of our communities.

And in other news, NAO closed our call for candidates to serve on the NAO board starting in 2020. We really appreciate all who responded – there are some amazing and talented people who came forward to serve. Our Board Development and Nominations Committee is busy scheduling interviews from among this great group of nominees and looks forward to advancing a talented slate to our members for voting in the fall.

Have a wonderful last weeks of August and a safe and happy Labor Day.



Jim White,
Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon


P.S. I hope to see many of you at NAO’s High Desert Conference in Sunriver on September 25.
Register here!