Since 2014, researchers at the Urban Institute have been developing the groundwork for a large-scale Nonprofit Panel Dataset (NPD) project to supplement current data on the US nonprofit sector housed at the National Center for Charitable Statistics. This effort has included discussion panels at ARNOVA and small working groups to advance the project toward implementation. This spring, Prof. Lewis Faulk at American University received funding from the Metropolitan Policy Center and School of Public Affairs at American University to collaborate with Urban on a pilot project to test ideas for the NPD. Through this partnership, we are hosting a summer symposium at American University in Washington, D.C. on June 27 and 28, 2015 to convene potential partners for the NPD project and develop the methodology and core survey instrument that we plan to replicate across the country in collaboration with those partners.
We continue to add institutional partners, and we welcome you to contact us if your institution is interested in engaging in this initiative. Other current partners include ARNOVA and in-kind support through its Research Committee and University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.
If You Would Like to Contribute Your Expertise We want the NPD to be a dataset that provides value to advance nonprofit research, inform public policy, and address emerging issues facing nonprofit management across local, state, and national contexts in the US. In addition, we see the data collection avenues through universities around the country as a way to foster student learning and facilitate universities’ engagement in the communities where they are located. We invite you to attend this symposium and advance this project.
The Symposium will also include a discussion of some key tools and resources provided through the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). You will have an opportunity to shape the next iteration of these tools and resources to better enhance your research and teaching.
If you are interested in contributing to the development of the NPD project, please respond to this short survey indicating your interest using this link:
Please respond to this survey by April 30. In the survey, one question will ask you to indicate your interest in attending the NPD Symposium on June 27-28 at American University. Your response does not represent a commitment to attend, but it will help us gather data on the level of interest and allow us to send more targeted follow-up email announcements with further details.