State Profile – Texas

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 Texas’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.



  • All nonprofit organizations: 92,734
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 65,048
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 5,711
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 21,975

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


Economic Impact of the Texas Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 506,744 people – over 5.1% of the state’s workforce
  • Pays nearly $16.8 billion in wages annually
  • Has $113.9 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of over $300 billion
  • Texas foundations annually give $3.2 billion
  • Texans give $15.9 billion to charity each year, representing 3.59% of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Texas Communities

Deliver vital community services

  • The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas fills unmet needs in Central Texas, bringing 26 million meals to their community each year. In 2018, allowed the organization to bring 45 million meals to their community last year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits that turn to us for help.

Give voice to the people they serve

  • Since 1975, The American Heart Association has made its home in Dallas, where it leads its national network of nearly 3,000 employees and 22 million volunteers in the battle to reduce heart disease and stroke. As part of its healthy living initiatives, AHA launched a pilot program of its “Check. Change. Control.” blood pressure management program in more than 50 cities.

Contribute to vibrant communities

  • The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is committed to providing communities with effective swim safety presentations and on-going educational information. In 2018 alone, 77,199 children and teenagers participated in its swim, sports and play programming, while 6,337 children participated in afterschool programs in 84 locations.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society

  • The OneStar Foundation, based in Austin, serves as Texas’s service commission, working with leaders across sectors to build business practices in nonprofits and promote volunteerism through their thousands of members that place volunteers with organizations to tackle social challenges.


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.

Best estimates based on available data.

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}
Employment by Nonprofit Service Area
Texas: Nonprofit Employment Update (2010), Lester M. Salamon and Stephanie Lessans Geller, Nonprofit Economic Data Bulletin #35 {Data are 2008}
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:

Capital Area Foodbank:

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas:

OneStar Foundation:

American Heart Association:


As of August 2019


Resource Types: Fact Sheet