Common knowledge,” Kristina Dymond

December 12, 2020; Jackson Hole News & Guide

NPQ has seen a lot of anecdotes and “common knowledge” passing for real information about the state of nonprofits as we near the close of 2020. As we’ve mentioned before, these often take the form of reports that “donations are down while need is up,” even though that’s not precisely the case. Now, the Human Services Council of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has produced an interesting chart that tries a different and perhaps more effective way to convey what’s really going on in a local nonprofit economy, taking into account the amount that is actually contributed by donations versus state, local, and federal government income and earned income.

The particular grouping of agencies referenced in this chart are the area’s ten largest human services agencies. Th