The Charitable Sector

The charitable sector provides millions of people with powerful, independent, and voluntary methods for addressing the issues and expressing the values most important to them.

What is a Nonprofit?

Simply put, a nonprofit is a tax-exempt organization that benefits the broad public interest.

However, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines more than 25 categories of organizations that are exempt from federal income taxes. The most common nonprofit is classified as a 501(c)(3), which includes public charities or private foundations. The majority of Independent Sector members are 501(c)(3) organizations.

These organizations include large national organizations such as the American Red Cross, as well as your local soup kitchen, community hospital, and places of worship.

Get more details on the different types of tax-exempt organizations on the IRS website.

Facts and Figures about the Nonprofit Sector

The charitable sector plays a crucial role in lives across the country and around the world.

The Sector in Your State

Across the United States, the charitable sector generates incredible impact on both communities and economies. These profiles are snapshot of major statistics about each state’s charitable community. They are designed to give you a broad sense of the scale and diversity of nonprofits, foundations, and charities. Hover over a state for quick stats or click on a state for its full profile.

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