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The nonprofit sector is a key provider of taxpayer-funded and independent programs, as well as a major source of employment. Consequently, the health and workings of the sector are policy issues that warrant attention from both government and civic leaders.
This report examines trends in revenues and contributions for public charities in Greater Milwaukee. Its intent is to inform policymakers and citizens about the health of the nonprofit sector, and to identify possible threats or opportunities regarding its future well-being. Trends are identified for the entire nonprofit sector and also nine subsectors (or “categories”). Further, we analyze the sensitivity of contributions to certain economic and fiscal policy factors. From this analysis, policy considerations emerge related to the sector’s diversity and the sustainability of historical trends.