Economic Impact Michigan's Nonprofit Sector
Michigan’s nonprofit sector generates significant economic benefits for state residents. It is both geographically diverse, with organizations in every county of the state, and operationally diverse (click here to see maps of these regions). Michigan’s nonprofits can be found in every subsector of the service economy, including a strong presence in health care, human services, education, and the arts.
With multiple sectors of our economy struggling, nonprofit organizations are more important than ever, not only through the support they provide in their various social and political efforts, but also in their significant contribution to the overall economy.
This report documents that Michigan’s nonprofit organizations:
Michigan’s nonprofit sector has continued to grow in a time of economic turmoil. It has provided not only relatively stable employment opportunities in a state with a high unemployment rate, but it is also an important contributor to Michigan’s overall economy. Nonprofit organizations in Michigan generate around $137 billion each year in overall economic activity and provide employment to 11 percent of Michigan’s population (more than 1 of every 10 workers).
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The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association of nearly 400 grantmaking organizations working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan.
Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) increases the capacity of Michigan’s nonprofits to serve, strengthen and transform communities. MNA is affiliated with Michigan Campus Compact, Highway T, and Volunteer Centers of Michigan.
The Johnson Center at Grand Valley State