What Big Data Can Tell Us About Government Awards to the Nonprofit Sector: Using the FAADS

Lecy, J. & Thornton, J.(2016) What Big Data Can Tell Us About Government Grants to the Nonprofit Sector: Using the FAADS. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 45(5), 1052-1069.

38 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2013 Last revised: 24 Feb 2017

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Jesse D. Lecy

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs; Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Jeremy P. Thornton

Samford University - Brock School of Business

Date Written: November 25, 2013

Abstract

This paper introduces nonprofit scholars to the Federal Assistance Award Data System (FAADS), an online archive which contains the full universe of federal grant activity. Relatively little academic research has used this extensive data source. The paper profiles federal grant flows to the nonprofit sector over a ten year period. From the FAADS data we are able to offer a thorough analysis of the origins, magnitudes, and structure of federal grants to various nonprofit industries. Furthermore, we are able to link individual grants to subsequent firm behaviors on a much larger scale that has been previously attempted in the literature.

The program to generate a crosswalk between the FAADS and nonprofit 990 financial data can be accessed at their website.

Keywords: FAADS, NCCS, nonprofit

JEL Classification: L3, H50, H81

Suggested Citation

Lecy, Jesse D. and Thornton, Jeremy P., What Big Data Can Tell Us About Government Awards to the Nonprofit Sector: Using the FAADS (November 25, 2013). Lecy, J. & Thornton, J.(2016) What Big Data Can Tell Us About Government Grants to the Nonprofit Sector: Using the FAADS. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 45(5), 1052-1069.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2359490 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2359490

Jesse D. Lecy

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Maxwell School of Syracuse University ( email )

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Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

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Jeremy P. Thornton (Contact Author)

Samford University - Brock School of Business ( email )

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Birmingham, AL 35229
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://https://www.samford.edu/business/directory/Thornton-Jeremy

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