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: 7,002
  • 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 55,949 – almost 10% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $5.45 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of almost $9.56 billion
  • Idaho foundations annually give almost $86 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 106,337
nights of lodging and 768,380 meals to needy residents in 2018. 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 2017, the Foundation began building Anna’s Homes,
an initiative to provide out-of-town families receiving treatment at Sacred Heart
Children’s Hospital with a safe and peaceful home.

Contribute to vibrant communities
Headquartered in Boise, Ore-Ida Council Boys Scouts of America provides high
quality programming to more than 14,500 youth and their families in Southwest
Idaho and Eastern Oregon.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
The mission of the Sun Valley Music Festival is to perform exceptional, free admission classical music concerts that inspire and enrich lives through dynamic, engaging artistic programming and to provide music education programs for youth
and adults. Committed to outreach, the Symphony also provides music education
and performance opportunities to area students of all levels, free of charge.



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:
Idaho Nonprofit Center, Economic Impacts of Idaho’s Nonprofits, 2017.
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}

Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area
Idaho Nonprofit Center, Economic Impacts of Idaho’s Nonprofits, 2017.

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

Asset and Revenues
Idaho Nonprofit Center, Economic Impacts of Idaho’s Nonprofits, 2017.
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:
Salvation Army Cascade Division:
Anna Schindler Foundation:
Ore-Ida Council of Boy Scouts, now Mountain West Council:
Sun Valley Music Festival:

As of September 2019

Resource Types: Fact Sheet