Regulation of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Project


The Regulation of Nonprofits and Philanthropy Project is an initiative of Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. Organized in conjunction with the Tax Policy and Charities Project at the Urban Institute, the project will focus on empirical research that addresses the current status of the regulatory system and the effects of regulations on nonprofit organizations and philanthropy.

Project Contributors
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Alan Abramson

Professor; Director, Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Enterprise

George Mason University

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Elizabeth Boris

Institute Fellow

Urban Institute

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Jesse Lecy

Associate Professor, Data Scientist

ASU / Urban Institute

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Cindy Lott

Clinical Professor of Philanthropic Studies

Indiana University

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Mary Shelly

Reference Law Librarian

UPenn Law

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George Mitchell

Associate Professor

Baruch College

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Mykelle Richburg

Policy Analyst

Urban Institute

Related Publications

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Using a mix of research methodologies and data sources, the project fills gaps in knowledge and host discussions that will begin to address the strengths and weaknesses of the current regulatory framework and make recommendations to promote a regulatory framework that is elastic enough to encompass the significant changes taking place in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

More Resources

National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Codes

IRS Activity Codes Used to Categorize Nonprofits


Nonprofit Trends and Impacts

A nationally representative survey of nonprofits


2019 Nonprofit Sector in Brief

The 2019 Sector Brief discusses trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities and key findings on two important resources for the nonprofit sector: private charitable contributions and volunteering.

nccscore sector-brief trends