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Quick Facts About Nonprofits

For the most recent data on the philanthropic sector please refer to The Nonprofit Almanac 2012.  For the first time, this resource will be available as both an e-book and a softcover book, and by chapter. 

For the latest figures and quick facts please also refer to The Nonprofit Sector in Brief.

Nonprofit Organizations
  • 1,429,801 tax-exempt organizations, including:
    • 966,599 public charities
    • 96,584 private foundations
    • 366,618 other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.

(Source: NCCS Business Master File 6/2014)

  • In 2010, nonprofits accounted for 9.2% of all wages and salaries paid in the United States.
    (Source: The Nonprofit Almanac, 2012)
  • Nonprofit Share of GDP was 5.5% in 2012. (Source: The Nonprofit Almanac, 2012)
     
  • There are an estimated 317,534 congregations in the United States in August 2014.
    (Source: American Church Lists)
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Public Charity Finances
  • In 2012, public charities reported over $1.65 trillion in total revenues and $1.57 trillion in total expenses.  Of the revenue:
    • 21% came from contributions, gifts and government grants.
    • 73% came from program service revenues, which include government fees and contracts.
    • 6% came from "other" sources including dues, rental income, special event income, and gains or losses from goods sold.

(Source: NCCS Core Files 2012

  • Public charities reported over $3 trillion in total assets in 2012.
    (Source: NCCS Core Files 2012
      
Volunteering and Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving in America: Some Facts and Figures

  • Approximately 25.4% of Americans over the age of 16 volunteered through or for an organization between September 2009 and September 2013.  This proportion has remained relatively constant since 2003 after a slight increase from 27.4% to 28.8% in 2003.
    (Source: Current Population Survey, September 2013)
  • Charitable contributions by individuals, foundations, bequests, and corporations reached $316.23 billion in 2012, an increase of 0.6% from the revised 2011 estimates and after adjusting for inflation. Of these charitable contributions:
    • Religious organizations received the largest share, with 32% of total estimated contributions.
    • Educational institutions received the second largest percentage, with 13% of total estimated contributions.
    • Human service organizations accounted for 13% of total estimated contributions in 2012, the third largest share.

(Source: Giving USA 2013)

  • Individuals gave $228.93 billion in 2012, an increase of 3.9 percent from 2011.
    (Source: Giving USA 2013)
     
Foundation Giving
  • Foundations gave $50.9 billion in 2012, up just less than one percent from 2011.
    (Source: The Foundation Center, 2013)
     
  • Of total giving in 2012:
    • 72% came from individual (living donors)
    • 4% came from corporations (excludes corporate foundations)
    • 8% came from individuals (bequest)
    • 16% came from foundations.

(Source: The Foundation Center, 2013)


 

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