State Profile – Louisiana

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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 Louisiana’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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Employment by Nonprofit Service Area

Louisiana’s charitable community employs individuals committed to the common good across a diverse range of organization types.

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Number of Louisiana Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 17,001
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 11,028
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 730
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 5,243

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

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Economic Impact of the Louisiana Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 128,721, 8.1% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates $23 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $36.4 billion
  • Louisiana foundations annually give over $237 million
  • Louisianans give $2.1 billion to charity each year, representing 3.3 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Louisiana Communities

Deliver vital community services
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana offers many community-driven programs including
The Adopt-A-Senior Program is designed to assist seniors stretch their budgets.
Approximately 50 pounds of food per month is given to each sponsored individual. The
Food Bank’s Adopt-A-Senior Program currently serves more than 2,300 seniors in the
Central Louisiana area.

Give voice to the people they serve
United Way of Northwest Louisiana has established works to improve outcomes in
education, financial stability, and health in the local community. The FamilyWize
Prescription Assistance Program saves an average of 43% on prescriptions for anyone,
whether insured or not, living in Northwest Louisiana. In 2018, NWLA residents
saved $206,511 on their prescriptions.

Contribute to vibrant communities
Formed in 1991, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is the oldest full-time musician governed and collaboratively-operated orchestra in the United States. In addition to the
120-plus concerts presented each year, LPO’s musicians offer training and performance
experiences to students ranging from Pre-K levels to adult.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
Through its preservation of the Atchafalaya River Basic, the Nature Conservancy in
Louisiana aims to restore a sustainable habitat of fertile marshes, and meandering
waters. The Basin provides essential habitat for more than 300 species of wildlife and
100 different aquatic species, as well as a rich diversity of native plants.

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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

Employment by nonprofit service area breakdown
Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie Lessans Geller, Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, Louisiana Nonprofit
Employment: An Update, Bulletin #24. 2005.
http://ccss.jhu.edu/publications-findings?did=285 {Data is 2003}

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”
http://data.foundationcenter.org/#/foundations/all/state:LA/total/list/2015{Data are 2015}

Individual Giving
How America Gives, 2014. The Chronicle of Philanthropy https://philanthropy.com/interactives/how-americagives#state/22 {Data are 2012}.

Nonprofit Examples
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana: http://www.fbcenla.org and https://www.fbcenla.org/adopt-a-senior
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra: https://lpomusic.com/about-section/about-the-lpo/
United Way of Northwest Louisiana: https://unitedwaynwla.org/assets/uploads/2019/04/2018-19-UW-Annual-Reportweb.pdf
Nature Conservancy in Louisiana: https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/unitedstates/louisiana/stories-in-louisiana/the-atchafalaya-river-basin/

As of September 2019

 

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