The Nonprofits’ Outreach Revolution

A MAJOR AMERICAN GROWTH area over the past 10 to 20 years is not even recorded in the economic figures: the “Third Sector,” comprising nonprofit, nongovernmental community services—both national and local, secular and religious.

  • About 2.5 million volunteers work for the American Heart Association—a 50 percent increase in three years.
  • The Girl Scouts enroll one in four American girls between the ages of six and nine. While the number of school-age girls in the U.S. has dropped by one-fifth in the past 20 years, Girl Scout membership has remained the same—a little short of 2.5 million. And while ...

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