PACE faculty commissioned to conduct SF nonprofit sector study

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

San Francisco’s Office for Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) has selected a team of three faculty members from the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement — Associate Professors of Public Administration Jennifer Shea and Janey Wang and Lecturer Carol Silverman — to develop a San Francisco nonprofit sector study. The study will assess the roles that nonprofits play in San Francisco’s economic landscape and provide a comprehensive picture of the fiscal health and economic impacts of nonprofits in various subsectors. The faculty team will work with stakeholders including various City agencies and local nonprofits throughout the project. They will synthesize multiple sources of data to conduct an economic analysis of the sector over time, including shifts in revenue, assets, jobs and wages, and fiscal health, and will make comparisons across subsectors. OEWD commissioned the research to aid in the development of economic policies, plans and programs to address existing systemic challenges, and to prepare for economic shifts that could affect the sector’s jobs, services and overall vitality. Shea, Wang and Silverman will also use the data to answer important research (and policy-relevant) questions related to theories of nonprofit finance and sustainability.