GIFE – Education in Brazilian NGOs is higher than in private sector

One of the most interesting data on Brazilian philanthropy to come from the ‘Fasfil’ study conducted by the Brazilian government, with support from GIFE, in 2012 is that a third of employees in the social sector (from a total of almost 2.1 million people) have higher education, compared with just 16.6 per cent of private sector employees.

According to the survey, the number of non-profit organizations is 290,700 – an increase of 8.8 per cent in real numbers, compared to 2005, the date of the last study. There was also an increase of 15.9 per cent in salaried staff in these organizations, and a real increase of 6.2 per cent in average monthly wages.

For the first time, the study also provided information on the gender of employees, showing that in 2010 women represented almost 63 per cent of total employees in the ‘Fasfil’ sector (private foundations and non-profit associations), a much higher percentage than in the private sector (42 per cent).

‘The data shows a maturing of civil society and Brazilian philanthropy. It’s a process of professionalization that began in the 1990s,’ says Andre Degenszajn, secretary-general of GIFE.

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