Rick Cohen, a long-time Shelterforce contributor and editor of The Nonprofit Quarterly‘s “Cohen Report” wrote last week on the importance of nonprofits tracking their own industry’s job growth as a result of additional funding from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, better knows as the Stimulus.
Cohen points to potential employment increases in city and county summer jobs (where nonprofits would likely play roles in placing those jobs), and new positions created in health care, housing, and in the service industry.
Cohen then calls on the sector to track any growth:
“What the sector needs is better record-keeping and monitoring about what it is accomplishing and what hurdles it is facing. Otherwise, when the history of the stimulus is written, one might have a difficult time fully appreciating what the nonprofit sector was prepared to deliver to revitalize the U.S. economy.”