State Profile – New York

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 York’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 York Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 91,758
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 61,691
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 11,529
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 18,538

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


Economic Impact of the New York Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 1.38 million people, 17.7% of the state’s workforce
  • In New York City alone, over 35,000 nonprofits pay $33.6 billion in payroll and employ more than 600,000 workers.
  • Generates more than $260.26 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of nearly $510.81 billion
  • New York foundations annually give almost $10 billion
  • New Yorkers give over $16.4 billion to charity each year, representing almost 3 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit New York Communities

Deliver vital community services

In 2018, The YMCA of Greater New York lead programs affecting 64,000 children. While their health programs improved the lives of 300,000 New Yorkers. These programs included swim and water safety skills, healthy habits classes and programs to prevent and manage chronic diseases.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society

In 2018, The Ford Foundation opened The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. A hub for social good and the courageous people who devote their lives to achieving it, the landmark building in New York City features 81,000 square feet of convening space for the social sector, and an atrium garden and social justice art gallery open to the public.

Contribute to youth development

Based in New York City, Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that revitalizes communities by helping them give every public high school graduate access to college or other postsecondary scholarships. Nationally, over 13,000 Say Yes Scholars have gone off to college, with $269 million scholarships and grants awarded.

Give voice to the people they serve

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) invites everyone to harness the power of music to make meaningful differences in their lives, celebrate artistry in all its forms, and make connections with others. 91,000 people are served by WMI in the New York City area, including 56,000 students and 400 teachers. 450 schools, venues, arts organizations, and other sites host WMI programming. 7 city and state agencies partner with Carnegie Hall. 24 rooms in Carnegie Hall’s Resnick Education Wing are dedicated to music education.



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}


State employment: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, 2010 total employment by state


New York City nonprofit information: Strengthening the Nonprofit Ecosystem in New York City: Report on Stakeholder Roundtable, New York City Economic Development Corporation


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 {Data are 2015}



Individual Giving

How America Gives, 2014. The Chronicle of Philanthropy. {Data are 2012}.


Nonprofit examples:


YMCA of Greater New York:

Ford Foundation:

Say Yes to Education:

Weill Music Institute:


As of September 2019


Resource Types: Fact Sheet