Updates to Nonprofit Advocacy Maps
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 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
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.