Between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent to over 1.5 million today. Their total employment has also soared and at 10.7 million in 2010 was larger than that of the construction and finance sectors combined, expanding far more rapidly, adding two million jobs since 2002, than the rest of the economy. By 2010 the nonprofit sector accounted for an economy of roughly $780 billion and paid upwards of nine percent of wages and ten percent of jobs. Nonprofits, due to their accumulated wealth, are able to thrive in tough times, adding jobs even in the worst years of the Great Recession.
From The New Class Conflict by Joel Kotkin
Non profits often claim a moral supremacy in spite of salaries and benefits that often exceed compensation in the “greedy” private sector.