Why is this important

Many non-profit organizations deliver critical health and social services that support San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents. Neighborhoods with high numbers of vulnerable residents, often have a high density of non-profits who provide direct services to many of the area’s residents. These non-profits face substantial obstacles to staying in the City due to steep increases in real estate prices.[i] Non-profits need stability to continue providing services and are uniquely unequipped to navigate these increase as their resources are already stretched thin. Stories about, rising rents displacing many organizations and threatening to displace many others. Displacement of non-profits has a direct impact on the community’s most vulnerable residents because of the increased difficulty in accessing these services, as they either close or relocate further away.

How are we doing?

Not-for-profit businesses included in this analysis was obtained through the business services company Dun and Bradstreet, using three codes from the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS):

  • 623 - Nursing and residential care facilities
  • 624 - Social assistance
  • 813 - Religious, grant making, civic, professional, and similar organizations

Using this data, there appears to have been a steady increase in the number of non-profit organizations within the CMTL boundary between 2011 and 2019. Citywide, the number of non-profits had been decreasing between 2011 and 2015, but there was a 1.8% increase between 2015 and 2017.  In the CMTL area, the largest increases were seen in organizations classified as “Individual and family services" and “Civic and social associations." Decreases were seen in the strategy area among organizations classified as “Political organizations" and "Residential care.”

Dataset Source

Non-profit business listings were obtained from Dun & Bradstreet. Due to the nature of the data, there may be inaccuracies.

For 2015: Data from January 2016 was used, as it was the available data set closest to year end 2015.

For 2013: Data from December 2013 was used to represent end of year 2013.

For 2011: No data for 2011 was available.


[i] “Nonprofits.” Office of Economic and Workforce Development, April 29, 2016. http://oewd.org/nonprofits-0.