State Profile – Idaho

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 Idaho’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 Idaho Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 7,443
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 4,584
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 311
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 2,107

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


Economic Impact of the Idaho Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 54,306 – almost 8.4% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $5.06 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of almost $8.99 billion
  • Idaho foundations annually give almost $89 million
  • Idahoans give over $915.9 million to charity each year, representing 4.2 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Idaho Communities

Deliver vital community services
The Cascade Division of the Salvation Army serves the hungry, homeless, and impoverished throughout Southern Idaho and Oregon, providing more than 125,000 nights of lodging and 493,000 meals to needy residents in 2012. In addition to its anti-hunger initiatives and disaster preparedness programs, the Council conducts enrichment services for seniors and youth.

Give voice to the people they serve
Established in 2010, the Anna Schindler Foundation is dedicated to raising money for families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer and to fostering awareness of the disease. In addition to donating $24,000 in meal cards to patients at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in 2013, the foundation distributed thousands of dollars directly to area families for medical bills, groceries, and travel during the treatment process.

Contribute to vibrant communities
Headquartered in Boise, the youth leaders involved in the Ore-Ida Council of the Boy Scouts volunteered nearly 150,000 service hours in 2013, including a food drive that collected over 151,000 pounds of food for area residents. Among the 12,800-plus merit badges earned that year were 457 new Eagle Scout awards.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
Celebrating its 30th season in 2014, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony broke records the previous year, bringing the joys of classical music to over 6,000 attendees who gathered in Idaho for the energy-filled events. Committed to outreach, the Symphony also provides music education and performance opportunities to area students of all levels, including 2,336 hours of instruction in 2013.



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:

Number of nonprofit employees: Holding the Fort: Nonprofit Employment During a Decade of Turmoil, Lester Salamon and S.Wojciech Sokolowski, Stephanie L. Geller, Nonprofit Employment Bulletin #39, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 2012 {Data is 2010, page 3}

The Economic Impacts of Idaho’s Nonprofit Organizations, Don Reading, Steven Peterson, and Don Holley, Idaho Nonprofit Center, 2016.

Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area
California Association of Nonprofits, Causes Count (based on 501(c)(3) public charities other than religion-related who are active filers of information returns) {August 2014}

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 2013}

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

Nonprofit Examples:

Updated: February 2017


Resource Types: Fact Sheet