The Economic Impact of Connecticut’s Nonprofits

Still image of an interactive mapping tool for nonprofits.

Updates to Nonprofit Advocacy Maps

A few weeks ago Blueprint for Impact released the preliminary version of a new advocacy tool for Connecticut’s nonprofits to understand and communicate their economic impact.

After soliciting feedback from many community partners, including the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, and presenting an Ignite Talk version of the findings, we have some exciting updates to share about the data and how to use it.

Below you’ll find the updates to the mapping tool and the data behind it. We refined our explanations and improved the quality of the data by digging in to understand exactly what it all means.

We would also like to invite everyone to participate in improving the quality and value of this data by opening the project up for public comment. Please use the section below to participate.

CT By the Numbers

The CT By the Numbers blog is helping us spread the word about this tool.

The Details:
Previously, the maps were divided into three different versions that included a set of filters to find individual organizations. The new version combines all 169 Connecticut towns, 36 State Senate Districts, and 151 State House Districts into one easy-to-use tool.

Screen capture of map filter feature.
The filters for individual organizations have been removed, but are still available in the original versions of the maps. Now you can use the filters to switch between districts and towns, without leaving the map.

The new version of the maps, available at bit.ly/Nonprofit-Advocacy-Map, are also available as a mobile app. By combining all of the area data profiles into one map, it became much easier to use and removed the clutter of having 8,953 dots on a map to represent all of the organizations included in our study.

Other updates included adding a new data field that compares the number of people employed by nonprofits to the annual average number of people employed in a given area.

We used the number of people employed, as reported on IRS form 990, and divided by the annual average employment included in the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).

What are the data points included in each area data profile? I’m glad you asked.

NOTE: An “area” can be a city, town, or legislative district.

  • — District Name
  • — Senator or Representatative
  • — His/Her Political Party
  • — Number of People Employed by Area Nonprofits
  • — Percent of Area Employment
  • — Compensation and Wages Reported on Forms 990
  • — Payroll Taxes Paid by area nonprofits
  • — Total Revenue of Area Nonprofits
  • — Total Value of Assets Held by Area Nonprofits
  • — Total Value of Grants Made by Area Nonprofits
  • — Average Age of Area Nonprofits
Screen Capture of an area data profile

Next week, we’ll explore how each of these categories was derived, and how they can be used to advocate for the nonprofit sector in Connecticut.

For more information about the methodology or some of our findings, you can visit the previous blog post or check out the slideshow below.

You can explore the maps and discover the economic impact of nonprofits in your area by visiting them here: bit.ly/Nonprofit-Advocacy-Map

 

Posted on December 18, 2014 in Data & Indicators

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Christopher is the Founder of Blueprint for Impact, a registered Benefit Corporation based in Hartford, CT, that offers a collection of data tools, services, and expertise specifically for nonprofits.

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