While most industries downsized in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, nonprofits were staffing up, The Washington Post writes, citing new federal jobs data. While private-sector employment plummeted from 2007 to 2010 before recovering somewhat in 2011 and '12, the nonprofit work force grew steadily over the five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nonprofits continued hiring despite post-crash drops in charitable giving, with federal stimulus money playing a key role. The new data appear to confirm a widely held view in the nonprofit world about charities' role during the great recession. "We’re really excited about these results," said Shena Ashley, director of the Center on NonProfits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. "They show that the model works."