State Profile – Connecticut

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About This Profile

Across the United States, the charitable sector generates incredible impact on both communities and economies. This profile is a snapshot of major statistics about Connecticut’s charitable community. It’s designed to give you a broad sense of the scale and diversity of nonprofits, foundations, and charities across the state. A downloadable PDF version is available above.

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Number of Connecticut Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 18,602
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 11,860
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 1,770
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 4,972

* includes civic leagues, chamber of commerce, veterans organizations, etc

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Economic Impact of the Connecticut Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 209,356 – over 14% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more almost $37 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $121 billion
  • Connecticut foundations annually give almost $900 million
  • Residents of Connecticut give over $3.4 billion to charity each year, representing 2.58 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Connecticut Communities

Deliver vital community services

  • The National Diaper Bank Network strives to resolve a hidden problem with a huge cost—the lack of access to diapers for low-income families who cannot afford them for their infants and toddlers. NDBN and its more than 200 member diaper bank programs distributed more than 67 million donated diapers last year.

Give voice to the people they serve

  • Everyday Democracy, based in Hartford, provides ideas and tools for community change across the country. After the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Everyday Democracy, with the University of Arizona, launched a national dialogue on mental health that has engaged 26,000 young people in 300 communities. They informed SAMHSA’s toolkit on how to convene a community conversation on mental health.

Contribute to vibrant communities

  • From 1982 to November 2018, Newman’s Own Foundation has given more than 22,000 grants totaling over $535,000,000. Guided by their unique principle of “100% of profits to charity”, in 2017 alone the Foundation gave more than 945 grants, totaling $29,386,526.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society

  • The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy works to ensure that its diverse member grantmakers are as effective as possible when they give. They provide trainings, advice, and support to ensure accountability and transparency in grantmaking, as well as a forum for funders to share best practices in philanthropy. CCP members annually grant more than $1.2 billion from assets of more than $8.2 billion.

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Sources

Note: The “nonprofit sector” encompasses organizations that are defined as tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. This includes both public charities and private foundations [501(c)(3)] and other nonprofits such as civic league organizations [501(c)(4)]. Exceptions are noted when relevant.

Employment Information

Best estimate based on available data from the following sources:

The 2019 nonprofit employment report, Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse, S. Wojciech Sokolowski, Nonprofit Employment Bulletin #47, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 2019 {Data is 2016, page 3}

http://ccss.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2019/01/2019-NP-Employment-Report_FINAL_1.8.2019.pdf

Number of Nonprofits

Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, State Summary reports http://www.nccs.urban.org/statistics/profiles.cfm {Data are 2013}

 

Asset and Revenues

Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, “Registered Nonprofit Organizations by State (BMF 12/2015)” http://nccsweb.urban.org/tablewiz/bmf.php {Data are 2015}

 

Foundation Giving

The Foundation Center, FC Stats: “Foundation Stats: Total Grantmaking Foundations” {Data are 2015}

http://data.foundationcenter.org/#/foundations/all/state:CT/total/list/2015

Individual Giving

How America Gives, 2014. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. {Data are 2012}. https://philanthropy.com/interactives/how-america-gives#search

 

Nonprofit Examples:

National Diaper Bank Network: http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/ and https://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/history/

Newman’s Own Foundation: http://newmansownfoundation.org/about-us/total-giving/

Everyday Democracy: http://everyday-democracy.org/national-dialogue-mental-health

Connecticut Council on Philanthropy: https://www.ctphilanthropy.org/about-connecticut-council-philanthropy

 

As of September 2019

 

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