Nonprofit Organization Research Panel (NORP)

Nonprofit Organization Research Panel (NORP) is a university-based project that supports research on nonprofit management. Research topics range from the important roles that nonprofit managers play to the innovative approaches they use to better serve the public. NORP is an opt-in, email panel of the leaders of selected 501c3 nonprofit organizations working in the areas of arts & culture and human services who agree to participate in occasional web-based surveys. Project study topics cover the use of technology, collaboration with other entities, government contract management, grant applications, leadership, and other governance and management topics. The NORP project began in 2015 at the Truman School of Public Affairs in the University of Missouri, and has moved to Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies in 2017.



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Location of NORP Organizations (as of 11/4/2017)


Census Regions



Census Divisions


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Size and Type of NORP Organizations (as of 11/4/2017)

Click here to learn more about the type of NORP organizations (based on NTEE-cc)

What is the NTEE-cc system? The National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) system is used by the IRS and NCCS to classify nonprofit organizations. It is also used by the Foundation Center to classify both grants and grant recipients (typically nonprofits or governments). National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) and the IRS use the NTEE-CC system, described HERE.


Human Service Organizations (N=1,677)



Arts and Culture Organizations (N=500)



  • Micro … annual gross receipts less than $500,000
  • Small … annual gross receipts at least or greater than $500,000 and less than $10-Million
  • Medium … annual gross receipts at least or greater than $10-Million and less than $50-Million
  • Large … annual gross receipts at least or greater than $50-Million and less than $100-Million
  • Mega … annual gross receipts at least or greater than $100-Million



Why is nonprofit research necessary?

Social science research helps to discern trends in specific areas of interest. Nonprofits increasingly face challenges such as unexpected cuts in funding, changes in contract terms, an untimely departures of key personnel, or the need to adapt to new technology. NORP aims to provide a platform through which nonprofit leaders can collectively find better ways to cope with such challenges without incurring disruptions in service to the community or loss of public confidence.

With better knowledge, nonprofits can effectively position themselves in the environments that are often uncontrollable. Research can provide answers to how a nonprofit can design a maximally viable competitive position in a field or whether to join collaborative arrangements or not, and if it does, under what circumstances.