Across Northeast Florida, more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations provide the resources and services that make our region strong.
They educate us, keep us healthy and give us places to play, exercise and enjoy nature. They provide inspiration through the arts. They nurture our spirits through communities of faith. And they sustain us by gathering together people of common cause.
Nonprofits fill the gap between the profit-driven world and the world of government, bringing together public and private resources for the common good.
The latest research on Northeast Florida's nonprofit sector shows:
- 1,081 nonprofits operating across Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns. (If that sounds like a lot, consider that there are about 34,400 private, non-farm business establishments in the five counties.)
- Most of these nonprofits – 71% — are small, with less than $500,000 in annual revenue.
- They employ more than 56,000 people — about 9% of the region's labor force — and pay an average wage of more than $40,000 a year.
- They engage more than 114,000 volunteers who, in one year, contribute the equivalent of more than $44 million in work-hours.
These organizations, while important, can be financially fragile. Since the Recession, more than 40% have operated in the red for at least one year.
The business model of the Jessie Ball duPont Center allows its nonprofit tenants to pay significantly lower costs for office space and related expenses, allowing more dollars to go toward community service. This enhances the sustainability of these important organizations.