2012 Economic Impact Report



Behind the scenes of "making a difference, changing a life, or saving the planet" hums an significant economic engine that fuels Idaho’s economy. The Idaho Nonprofit Economic Impact Report shows the impact of Idaho’s nonprofit sector by defining it in economic terms such as revenue, employment and taxes. The nonprofit sector in Idaho:

  • Adds $2 billion to Idaho’s economy annually
  • Is the 5th largest private employer in the state, paying $2.1 billion in compensation annually
  • Pays $175 million in taxes annually


  • Eastern Idaho - Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, and Teton counties
  • North Central Idaho - Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce counties
  • North Idaho - Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone counties
  • South Central Idaho - Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Twin Falls counties
  • South Eastern Idaho - Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power counties
  • Southwestern Idaho - Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, and Washington counties

Why is this important?

“Nonprofits' contributions to the state economy are real, even if they sometimes aren't immediately evident. Whether it's preserving nature for tourists to enjoy or helping struggling families pay utility bills so that other customers aren't forced to pay more to subsidize them, the groups enhance community health in a way that can reap long-term economic benefits.” ~ Will Jenson, Economist, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Falls Office

“Any way you slice these numbers up, if you take a look at the impact on Idaho’s economy, they’re huge.” ~ Steve Peterson, Economist & author of the report, University of Idaho

“Although the extent of a nonprofit's influence depends on its function, charities in the area are vital. The most profound impact to keep in mind, though, is that a healthy community provides a more productive workforce." ~ Alivia Metts, Regional Economist, North Idaho

“Charities in the county stimulate the economy by improving the area and people's lives, which attracts business and adds to the workforce.” ~ Lynn Hoffmann, Idaho Nonprofit Center