State Profile – New Jersey

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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 New Jersey’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

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

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Number of New Jersey Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 38,825
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 25,925
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 3,347
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 9,553

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

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Economic Impact of the New Jersey Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 304,600 – almost 10% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates more than $55.2 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $125.9 billion
  • New Jersey foundations annually give over $3.4 billion
  • New Jerseyans give $5.6 billion to charity each year, representing 2.12 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit New Jersey Communities

Deliver vital community services
Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia joins its nationwide partners in helping more than 29 million people develop job skills and secure employment. Since 1997, the New Jersey branch has run a successful School-to-Work program, which makes adult employment a possibility for these individuals after they graduate from Camden high schools.

Give voice to the people they serve
The KPMG Foundation, headquartered in Montvale, partners with Junior Achievement to help teach personal financial concepts to students early in their academic life. More than one million students across the country have gone through the 13-lesson hands-on curriculum.

Contribute to vibrant communities
According to Americans for the Arts’ affiliate Art Pride New Jersey, the state’s diverse network of non-profit arts organizations supports over 77,000 jobs and generates over $1.2 billion in economic activity each year.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced an additional $500 million – for a total of $1 billion since 2007 – to ensure that all children have access to healthier foods and opportunities to be physically active. This focus on reversing the childhood obesity epidemic seeks to address the higher obesity rates among children of color and children living in poverty.

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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: 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
New Jersey Non-Profits 2015, Center for Nonprofits, 2015.  {Data are 2014}

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: April 2016

 

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