As the most comprehensive examination of our region’s nonprofit industry ever attempted, the study establishes a baseline for measuring the impact of nonprofits in Bexar County. The lead researchers of this study, Dr. Richard Butler and Dr. Mary Stefl of Trinity University, have partnered with the chamber of commerce for over twenty years to produce similar studies for other industries in the region.

“Nonprofits are the heart of the community, enhancing the quality of life in our area, but they are often overlooked for the central role they play in our economy,” said Marjie French, CEO of the San Antonio Area Foundation. “They stand shoulder to shoulder with other industries and contribute to the economic strength of their communities at the local, state and national levels.”

The study found that nonprofits are one of the region’s largest industries, with annual revenues and expenditures of $6 billion. Nonprofits employ nearly 68,000 San Antonians, or approximately 7 percent of the labor force, paying them $2.5 billion per year. While the city’s charitable organizations are broad in scope, focusing on everything from the arts to recreation and sports, approximately 60 percent are in human services, community improvement and education sectors.

“The numbers are significant and undeniable—nonprofits are major players as employers and partners in improving the quality of life in our region,” said Richard Perez, President and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.”

Nonprofit employment throughout Texas grew 29 percent between 2007 and 2017. Most nonprofits in Bexar County are small, with nearly 80 percent employing fewer than 10 staff members. However, over two dozen nonprofit organizations in the area employ more than 500 people, mostly in the education and healthcare sectors.

More than half of Bexar County nonprofits have annual revenues of less than $250,000, while the revenues of 99 Bexar County nonprofits are in excess of $10 million. Ten large organizations generate revenue of more than $10 million.

“This study shows that nonprofits are a powerful force in San Antonio’s economy and helps us understand that by supporting them, we are supporting the resiliency of our community,” said French.  “We hope this is only a starting point that allows us the opportunity to track the significant role nonprofits will play in our recovery.”

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