US Nonprofit Sector Publications, Reports and Statistics
For nearly 20 years, our scholars have analyzed the size, scope and performance of nonprofits. The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy's research spans the many dimensions of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
This brief highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities, as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering, two vital resources to the nonprofit sector.
Simple aggregate statistics on nonprofit organizations, public charity finances, volunteerism, charitable giving & foundation giving.
Nonprofit organizations include everything from neighborhood associations that meet a couple of times a year and have no assets, to large universities and foundations with billions of dollars in assets. They include soup kitchens and traditional charities that serve the poor as well as a local church, the Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club, the United Steel Workers Labor Union, and the Metropolitan Opera. Nonprofit organizations can be divided by the subsection of the United States Internal Revenue Code 501(c).
Summary information on the different types of 501(c) organizations: charities, foundations & other exempt entities.
Interactive table comparing 1999 and 2009 data on the total number of public charities, private foundations, and other organization categories.
Analyze nonprofit data by state, county, zip, or MSA.
View the top organizations by assets, expenses, 501(c) subsection, and location.
Access a broad set of national and state-level reports on nonprofits and charitable activities in the U.S. Customize filters and break down data by organization type, state, year, and other criteria.
The following external sites provide additional information about nonprofits:
FC Stats (The Foundation Center)
The Foundation Center's FC Stats online system provides a wealth of tables on private foundation finances and activities.
Johns Hopkins University's Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project (international statistics)
This multi-year study examined the size and scope of the nonprofit sector in many countries around the world.
Giving USA estimates total national giving to nonprofits by major source (foundations, corporations, individuals, etc.) and by type of nonprofit (arts, education, etc.)
See our tools archive for many other sources of information on the US nonprofit sector.