State Profile – Tennessee

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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 Tennessee’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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Number of Tennessee Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 27,623
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 20,577
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 1,034
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 6,012

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

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Economic Impact of the Tennessee Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 199,487, 8.1% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates over $31.6 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of almost $71.4 billion
  • Tennessee foundations annually give over $672.7 million
  • Tennesseans give almost $3.8 billion to charity each year, representing 4.63 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Tennessee Communities

Give hope to the people they serve
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee is one of the largest food banks in the country. During the 2017-18 fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed more than 31 million pounds of food to more than 460 Partner Agencies, providing more than 28 million meals to hungry children, families, and seniors throughout our 46-county service area.

Deliver vital community services
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville helps more than 11,000 people each year– ranging from feeding the hungry to refugee and immigration services.

Contribute to life-saving treatments
ALSAC is the fundraising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Unlike most hospitals, St. Jude receives the majority of its funding from the public through donations so families never receive a bill. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) addresses the issue of ethics and ethical behavior in business, education, public policy and society, while promoting a positive perspective on activities within the business and accounting communities.

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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

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:TN/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:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee: https://www.secondharvestmidtn.org/learn/about-us/
ALSAC, Inc./St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: https://www.stjude.org/content/dam/en_US/shared/www/about-st-jude/financial-information/alsac-stjude-annual-report-2018.pdf
NASBA Center for the Public Trust: https://thecpt.org/about-us/mission-goals/
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville: https://cctenn.org/about/

As of October 2019

 

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