State Profile – Georgia

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 Georgia’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.



Number of Georgia Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 37,384
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 28,334
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 1,910
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 7,140

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


Economic Impact of the Georgia Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 268,612 – over 7% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $57.5 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $132.8 billion
  • Georgia foundations annually give over $1.1 billion
  • Georgians give $7.2 billion to charity each year, representing 4.31 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Georgia Communities

Deliver vital community services

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America enables all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. 76% of low-income Club members ages 12 to 18 who attend the Club regularly reported receiving mostly As and Bs, compared to 67% of their peers nationally.

Give voice to the people they serve

  • The largest health nonprofit in the country, the American Cancer Society is based in Atlanta and serves millions of Americans each year through outreach and clinical programs, patient care, and advocacy. Since 2015, ACS successfully advocated for $9 billion more funding for the National Institutes of Health and over $1 billion more funding for the National Cancer Institute to support cancer research and prevention.

Contribute to vibrant communities

  • Through funding made possible by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the Georgia Council on Economic Education hosts workshops for over 3,000 educators each year, helping more than 70% of the state’s students in public and independent schools learn economic concepts and financial literacy.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society

  • Based in Atlanta, the Southeastern Council of Foundations offers events and programs for southeastern-regional organizations with unparalleled opportunities for connection, engagement and inspiration.


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}

State employment: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, 2010 total employment by state


Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area

The Economic Impact of Georgia’s Nonprofit Sector, Georgia Center for Nonprofits, 2012.  {Data are 2009}


Number of Nonprofits

Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, State Summary reports {Data are 2013}


Asset and Revenues

Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, “Registered Nonprofit Organizations by State (BMF 12/2015)” {Data are 2015}


Foundation Giving

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

Individual Giving

How America Gives, 2014. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. {Data are 2012}.


Nonprofit Examples:

Boys and Girls Clubs of America:

American Cancer Society:

Georgia Council of Economic Education:

Southeastern Council of Foundations:


As of August 2019



Resource Types: Fact Sheet