Lost cause: Volunteers and donations dwindle as other activities distract Americans

IBISWorld’s Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Technology and other entertainment outlets have been diverting participation away from the industry
  • The widespread use of social media has reduced membership rates for industry organizations
  • Slow growth in government funds will lead operators to seek out alternative sources of funding
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Revenue for the Civic, Social and Youth Organizations industry has decreased marginally over the past five years, despite growth in disposable incomes and corporate profit, which would normally drive greater donations to industry organizations. Overall membership rates have declined due to heightened competition for Americans' time and attention, and because social media has increasingly usurped the industry's role in connecting like-minded communities. Even as economic growth expands Americans' capacity for corporate and private donations, the industry will continue to face these challenges in the coming five years, and many organizations are expected to close as a result.

    Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    IBISWorld estimates that the Civic, Social and Youth Organizations industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle. Membership and donations rates have stagnated as Americans embrace technology and social media as alternative ways to form communities. Over the 10 years to 2022, industry value added (IVA), which measures the industry's contribution to the economy, is projected fall an annualized 1.2%. By contrast, GDP is expected to rise an annualized 2.1% over the same period. Consequently, the industry's overall share of the economy is projected to shrink. As the industry struggles, larger organizations with broader agendas may absorb smaller, special-interest organizations to stay financially viable. The number of operators is expected to fall an annualized 1.2% o

    Additional Insights for the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry are

  • Access to secure revenue source
  • Having a good reputation
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Federal funding for social services in the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry?

    This industry consists of establishments engaged in promoting the civic and social interests of their members. Industry establishments include nonprofit social clubs, alumni organizations, societies and associations. These establishments may operate facilities for their members. This industry excludes services provided to members of religious congregations, performing arts and other cultural organizations.

    Industry Products
    Membership services
    The sale of food and beverages
    Private sector gifts and grants
    Government gifts and grants
    Program service revenue
    Other sources
    Industry Activities
    Coordinating alumni associations
    Coordinating automobile clubs (except road and travel services)
    Coordinating Boy and Girl Scouts
    Coordinating civic associations
    Coordinating social clubs (including fraternities and sororities)
    Coordinating women's clubs
    Coordinating youth clubs
    Coordinating parent-teacher associations
    Coordinating retirement social associations
    Coordinating veterans' membership organizations

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Federal funding for social services
  • Time spent on leisure and sports
  • Corporate profit
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Number of college students

  • Current Performance
  • Changes in lifestyle and demographics
  • Attention deficit
  • Industry head winds
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Contributions return
  • Benefits and challenges of technology
  • The old and the young
  • Table: Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Beef & Pork Wholesaling
  • Beer Wholesaling
  • Computer & Packaged Software Wholesaling
  • Copier & Office Equipment Wholesaling
  • Egg & Poultry Wholesaling
  • Frozen Food Wholesaling
  • Wine & Spirits Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Other sources
  • Private sector gifts and grants
  • Membership services
  • The sale of food and beverages
  • Program service revenue
  • Government gifts and grants
  • Chart: Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 75 and over
  • People aged 55 to 74
  • People aged 35 to 54
  • People aged 15 to 19
  • People aged 20 to 34
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation
  • Marketing
  • Rent and utilities and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Civic, Social & Youth Organizations

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Civic, Social & Youth Organizations Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Leisure Time Availability in the U.S. (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    501(C) Organization
  • A tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation or association.
  • Fraternity And Sorority
  • Social organizations for undergraduate students in college.
  • Special Interest Group
  • A community with an interest in advancing a specific area of knowledge, learning or technology.
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