US Nonprofit Sector Publications, Reports and Statistics

Nonprofit Reports

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. 

Nonprofit Sector in Brief, 2015

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.

Quick Facts & Figures

Simple aggregate statistics on nonprofit organizations, public charity finances, volunteerism, charitable giving & foundation giving. 

US Nonprofit Organizations

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). 

501(c) subsections: definitions & overview

Summary information on the different types of 501(c) organizations: charities, foundations & other exempt entities. 

Number of organizations by type, 1999-2013

Interactive table comparing 1999 and 2009 data on the total number of public charities, private foundations, and other organization categories. 

Geographic focus

Analyze nonprofit data by state, county, zip, or MSA. 

Top 10 lists

View the top organizations by assets, expenses, 501(c) subsection, and location. 

Custom Table Wizard

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.   


If you would like more information, you can create custom tables using NCCS data analysis tools or you can download raw NCCS nonprofit data.


The following external sites provide additional information about nonprofits:

See our tools archive for many other sources of information on the US nonprofit sector.