State Profile – Maryland


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 Maryland’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.

Employment by Nonprofit Service Area

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


Number of Maryland Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 31,251
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 24,810
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 1,534
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 4,907

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


Economic Impact of the Maryland Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 273,355 – almost 13% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $54.8 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $126.6 billion
  • Maryland foundations annually give over $887 million
  • Maryland residents give $5.3 billion to charity each year, representing 3.2 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Maryland Communities

Deliver vital community services
Goodwill Industries International provides network services to more than 37 million
people from its headquarters in Rockville. With its mission to enhance the quality of
life for disadvantaged individuals, Goodwill served more than 22 million people
worldwide and placed more than 126,000 people into employment in 2020.

Give voice to the people they serve
As a national, private philanthropy based in Baltimore, The Annie E. Casey
Foundation makes grants that aim to help improve child well-being and
communities. In 2017, the Foundation awarded 1,345 grants to 739 organizations.

Contribute to vibrant communities
In 2017, Disaster Accountability Project, headquartered in Rockville, launched, a new platform that improves the effectiveness of global
disaster relief and humanitarian aid by helping donors make more informed
decisions about how and where to donate after disasters.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
Based in Bethesda, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the
search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease. The Foundation
has made major advancements in patient research and treatments, such as the
recent FDA approval of medical modulator Orkambi.



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
Maryland Nonprofits, Nonprofits by the Numbers, Services Delivered by Nonprofit Organizations 501(c)3’s:, {Data are 2014}

Number of Nonprofits
Maryland Nonprofits, Nonprofits by the Numbers, Nonprofits by Type,
{Data are 2014}

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:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:
Goodwill Industries International:
Disaster Accountability Project:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation:

As of July 2021


Resource Types: Fact Sheet