State Profile – New Hampshire

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 New Hampshire’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 New Hampshire Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 7,498
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 4,903
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 513
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 2,082

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


Economic Impact of the New Hampshire Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 83,453 people, 16.7% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates almost $11.8 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of nearly $13.86 billion
  • New Hampshire foundations annually give over $170 million
  • New Hampshirites give $547 million to charity each year, representing 1.85 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit New Hampshire Communities

Deliver vital community services

Catholic Charities of New Hampshire provided support to 2,128 clients (4,548 total household members) challenged with hunger, insecure housing, poverty and a lack of basic necessities in 2018. In the same year, $173,811 was provided for clients who cannot access critical mental health services.

Give voice to the people they serve

The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serves more than 10,000 girls with the guidance of more than 3,500 dedicated volunteers across New Hampshire and Vermont. In addition to the traditional after-school programs and outdoor activities, the girls contribute thousands of hours to community service projects.

Contribute to vibrant communities

The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Its deep partnerships with community include programs that serve preschoolers, underserved youth, military families, adults with developmental disabilities, and those suffering from dementia.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society

The March of Dimes New Hampshire Chapter funds research to understand birth defects and premature birth and to find treatments. In 2018, the March of Dimes  successfully improved the New Hampshire Birth Conditions Program by advocating to include all reportable birth outcomes recommended by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NBCDDD), and worked to establish universal lead testing standards in the state.




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:

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}

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:
Catholic Charities:
Girl Scouts:
Currier Museum of Art:
March of Dimes:
Updated October 2019




Originally Published: 2020-03-18
Resource Types: Fact Sheet