The 2019 Montana Nonprofit Economic Report

Every two years, the Montana Nonprofit Association undertakes a study of the economic impact of Montana's charitable nonprofit sector.

Highlights Include:

  • In 2017, of 7,967 charitable nonprofits in the state, 2,220 nonprofit businesses paid wages. A total of 51,486 employees were paid just over $2.2 billion in wages, representing 11.2% of all workers in the state, and 11.5% of all wages. (Montana Department of Labor, 2018)
  • Two thirds of Montana's charities are run by volunteers - including volunteer boards made up of committed community leaders. Volunteers clocked almost 28.8 million hours of service in 2017, worth an estimated $696.2 million, ranking Montana 8th in the nation for volunteer service. (Corporation for National and Community Service, 2018)

The 2018 Montana Nonprofit Compensation Report

MNA partners with Columbia Books every other year to provide Montana’s nonprofits with wage and benefit information specific to our state’s nonprofit sector. Ninety-two Montana organizations participated in the most recent compensation survey; the result is a report which includes more than one hundred nonprofit positions in the state. MNA members who did not take the survey can request a 50% discount code here, allowing you to obtain your copy for $75 rather than the full price of $150. Nonmembers can request a copy directly from Columbia books hereBetter yet, join MNA and get your 50% off discount code! 

The Nonprofit Compensation Report is MNA’s most requested publication, bringing value to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Montana every year.

Past Economic Impact Reports & 2019 Highlights

Survey Results

MNA offers periodic surveys so that we can learn about your perspective on the ever-changing operating environment in which we all work. We use this information to guide our work and provide our government and funding partners with real time data on the nonprofit sector in Montana.

2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report

This report represents 138 Montana nonprofits who responded to the State of the Sector survey in November 2015. The report includes information on nonprofit governance and management practices, including board engagement, program evaluation, written plans and information culture, mission achievement, collaboration and collective action, advocacy and policy, and more. Designed to indicate the health of the nonprofit sector, this is the fourth such survey done in association with State Associations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (1 being lowest, 10 being highest) unless otherwise stated.

Research & Resources

If you have any questions about MNA and the research and information we provide about the nonprofit sector in Montana, please contact Liz Moore.