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: 29,707
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 21,413
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 1,794
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 6,500

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


Economic Impact of the Maryland Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 250,300 – almost 13% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $54.6 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $126.6 billion
  • Maryland foundations annually give over $736 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 location in Rockville. With its mission to enhance the quality of life for disadvantaged individuals, Goodwill placed more than 312,000 people into employment in 2015, one out of every 500 new jobs created in the United States.

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. The Foundation just received a federal grant of $1.8 million to serve 3,000 middle-school students dealing with PTSD among adolescents in neighborhoods with elevated levels of trauma.

Contribute to vibrant communities
Saint Wall Street, LLC is a leader in training, performance measures, and impact analyses. They help the sector have a greater social impact by focusing on issues such as effectively reducing crime and violence, incarceration and recidivism, homelessness, and dropout rates.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
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 Orkambi. This has the potential to affect the lives of nearly one-third of individuals with CF in the United States.



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}

Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area
Maryland Nonprofits, Nonprofits Count – The Economic & Social Impact of Nonprofits in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia, 2016 {Data are 2016}

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: October 2016


Resource Types: Fact Sheet