State Profile – Illinois

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 Illinois’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 Illinois Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 60,277
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 36,801
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 5,337
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 18,139

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


Economic Impact of the Illinois Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 577,876 – over 11% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $109.8 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $291.6 billion
  • Illinois foundations annually give almost $3.6 billion
  • Illinoisans give almost $8.1 billion to charity each year, representing 2.8 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Illinois Communities

Deliver vital community services

  • The Joyce Foundation seeks to improve employment outcomes for disadvantaged workers. As of April 2019, the Foundation has awarded $10.4 million in its latest round of grant making, as part of its overall grant making strategy of supporting policies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation of Great Lakes residents.

Give voice to the people they serve

  • Since 1982, the United Leukodystrophy Foundation in Dekalb has provided support to patients and their families with rare genetic disorders affecting the central nervous system. Their Second Opinion Program offers patients a low-cost option for an expert panel of international medical experts to review their specific cases.

Contribute to vibrant communities

  • The Art Institute of Chicago, a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, hosts approximately 2,000 school groups from Chicago and Illinois annually, serving approximately 82,000 students a year. Of these students, nearly one quarter were from Chicago Public Schools.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society

  • A national program based in Chicago, Action for Healthy Kids has a goal of helping all 130,000+ U.S. schools provide healthy foods, quality health and physical education, and comprehensive physical activity for all 55 million students by 2030.


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}


Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area

Building a Stronger Illlinois, the Public Nonprofit Partnership Initiative: “A Profile of Organizations in the Nonprofit Sector” {Data are 2009-11}


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:

The Joyce Foundation

United Leukodystrophy Foundation:

Art Institute of Chicago:

Action for Healthy Kids:


As of July 2019

Resource Types: Fact Sheet