Montana's Nonprofit Economic Impact Report

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

2017 report highlights include:

  • In 2016, of 7,468 charitable nonprofits in the state, 2,228 nonprofit businesses paid wages. A total of 51,488 employees were paid just over $2.1 billion in wages, representing 11.4% of all workers in the state, and 11.6% of all wages. (Montana Department of Labor, 2016)
  • Two thirds of Montana's charities are run by volunteers - including volunteer boards made up of committed community leaders. Volunteers clocked almost 29.5 million hours of service in 2015, the equivalent of almost 14,000 full-time jobs, and 11th highest in the nation. (Corporation for National and Community Service)

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.

Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey Report

Nonprofit Finance FundFirst launched in 2008 when economic crisis challenged the viability of many organizations, the Nonprofit Finance Fund Survey has been used to gauge the financial health and resiliency of the nonprofit sector. The NFF’s 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey results, using data from 5,451 respondents, show some indications of recovery, stabilization, and growth.

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.

Northwest Nonprofit Survey Report

northwest nonprofit surveyFor five years, beginning in 2008, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has supported five key capacity building organizations serving nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, the Montana Nonprofit Association among them. The overall goal of this five-year initiative has been to build the capacity of these statewide organizations so that they, in turn, are better positioned to strengthen the nonprofits within their communities. One of the tools used to assess the effects of the Trust's effort is this survey.

Government Impact Survey Report

In October 2013, MNA launched a short survey to see how recent government actions and inactions were impacting our sector. Seventy organizations responded quickly and we are pleased to present the results.

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