State Profile – Montana

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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 Montana’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

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

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Number of Montana Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 9,230
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 6,127
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 323
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 2,780

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

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Economic Impact of the Montana Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 54,388, 14.7% of the state’s workforce
  • Pays $1.7 billion in wages
  • Generates more than $7.1 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $12.03 billion
  • Montana foundations annually give almost $80 million
  • Montanans give $476 million to charity each year, representing 3.01 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Montana Communities

Deliver vital community services
The Montana Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in local communities across
the state in partnership with local fire departments, United Way, and other
volunteer groups. In 2019, more than 40 volunteers helped install free smoke
alarms in Helena homes and teach families about fire safety.

Give voice to the people they serve
The Montana Food Bank (MFBN) serves the one in nine Montanans who struggle
with hunger. Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) partners with 140 agencies
across Montana provide food to those in need. In 2018, nearly 117,000
Montanans received food through partners of the Montana Food Bank Network.

Contribute to vibrant communities
With a mission to ensure Salish Kootenai College’s future as the top Tribal
College in the United States, the Salish Kootenai College Foundation awarded
450 scholarships totaling $906,693 in 2018.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
Based in Great Falls, Rural Dynamics’ Tax Help Montana (THM) program, offers
free tax preparation and filing services to families and individuals making under
$55,000 annually. A primary objective of the Tax Help MT VITA program is to lift
families out of poverty through increased access to the Earned Income Tax Credit
(EITC).

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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:
Number of nonprofit employees: 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
State employment: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, 2010 total employment by state http://www.bls.gov/data/

Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area
Montana Nonprofit Association, “Montana’s Nonprofit Sector in Brief”, 2015 report {Data are 2011}
http://www.mtnonprofit.org/uploadedFiles/_Pages/Research/Sector-Report/2015-Sector-Report.pdf

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

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

Nonprofit Examples:
American Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/local/montana/about-us/our-work.html and https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-foremergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire.html
Montana Food Bank: https://mfbn.org/hunger-in-montana/
Salish Kootenai College Foundation: https://vision.skc.edu/
Rural Dynamics, Inc.: http://ruraldynamics.org/programs/

As of October 2019

 

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