State Profile – North Dakota

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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 North Dakota’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

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

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Number of North Dakota Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 5,318
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 3,010
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 117
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 2,191

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

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Economic Impact of the North Dakota Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 54,238 – almost 15.7% of the state’s workforce
  • Pays $14.6 billion in wages
  • Generates more than $9.4 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of $15 billion
  • North Dakota foundations annually give over $22 million
  • North Dakotans give $309.9 million to charity each year, representing 2.54 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit North Dakota Communities

Deliver vital community services
Catholic Charities North Dakota builds and strengthens the lives of individuals,
couples, and families across the state of North Dakota. Through its work in
counseling, adoption services, and guardianship, Catholic Charities North
Dakota served over 2,200 people across 50 counties in the 2018-2019 year.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization (HERO) collects and distributes
donated healthcare supplies to those in need locally and globally at low or nocost. In 2018, the organization based in Fargo distributed 70,544 items.

Contribute to equitable lives
The North Dakota Women’s Network (NDWN) serves as a catalyst for improving
the lives of women through communication, legislation and increased public
activism. To encourage more women to run for local and state-wide offices,
NDWN hosts Ready To Run, a bipartisan event with campaign training for
women.

Help mentor at-risk youth
The Western Wellness Foundation, Inc. was started over 20 years ago by
Dickinson-area mental health professionals that saw the need for a youth
mentoring program. The Best Friends Mentoring program served more than 150
at-risk youth in 2017-2018.

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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

Breakdown by Nonprofit Service Area
North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations, “North Dakota Nonprofits: Partners in Prosperity”, 2015
report {Data are 2014} http://www.ndano.org/resources/nd-nonprofit-info.html

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:ND/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:
Catholic Charities North Dakota: https://www.catholiccharitiesnd.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Annual-Report2019-NEW.pdf
HERO: https://www.herofargo.org/about-us/
North Dakota Women’s Network: http://www.ndwomen.org/get-involved/
Western Wellness Foundation, Inc.: http://www.bestfriendsnd.org/about_us/

As of October 2019

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