Historical Statistics of the United States Chapter on Voluntary, Nonprofit, and Religious Entities and Activities: Underlying Concepts, Concerns, and Opportunities

76 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2002

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Peter Dobkin Hall

Kennedy School, Harvard University

Colin B. Burke

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Date Written: November 2002

Abstract

This paper is a draft of the introduction to the chapter on voluntary, nonprofit, and religious entities and activities slated to appear in the Millennial Edition of Historical Statistics of the United States (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). Conceding the various problematic definitions of the "nonprofit sector," the essay offers a rationale for the broadly inclusive approach to the selection of historical statistics of institutions and activities presented in the chapter. In addition, it reviews the challenges and opportunities for researchers working on the statistical aspects of nonprofit, voluntary, and religious organizations. The essay includes samples of the statistical series that will appear in HSUS.

Keywords: Nonprofit Sector, Voluntary Organizations, Religious Organizations, Historical Statistics of Nonprofit Sector

Suggested Citation

Hall, Peter Dobkin and Burke, Colin B., Historical Statistics of the United States Chapter on Voluntary, Nonprofit, and Religious Entities and Activities: Underlying Concepts, Concerns, and Opportunities (November 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=352460 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.352460

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Colin B. Burke

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