Middle Tennessee's Non-Profit Sector Thriving

May 8, 2013

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study says Middle Tennessee’s non-profit sector is t and contributes, directly or indirectly, nearly $21 billion each year to the local economy each year.

The study was conducted by the Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University for Nashville’s Center for Non-Profit Management.

Dr. Murat Arik, the report's author, says that about one-in-four Middle Tennessee residents are employed in the non-profit sector.

“Non-profit sector is a big business, with 150,000 jobs in the Nashville MSA area.”

The work of the mid-state’s non-profits is strongly supported by area residents. Arik says roughly one person in four volunteers time to a non-profit.  He says all that free labor is worth a lot to area organizations.

“Based on our estimates it’s a $1 billion – with a “b” – billion dollar business in the Nashville MSA.”

One of the more interesting findings of the study is that non-profits act like money-magnets, drawing about $2.7 billion dollars to the mid-state from outside sources.