State Profile – Utah

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 Utah’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 Utah Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 7,885
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 5,235
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 807
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 1,813

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


Economic Impact of the Utah Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 63,000 – over 6.7% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates over $12.14 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of more than $23 billion
  • Utah foundations annually give over $147.5 million
  • Utahns give over $3.3 billion to charity each year, representing 6.61 percent of household income

Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Utah Communities

Deliver vital community services
The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera together reach more than 150,000 students annually across all age levels and learning needs. The joint organization prioritizes serving as an ambassador for the cultural opportunities in the state of Utah, and generates $45.5 million in consumer spending during its schedule of year-round performances.

Give voice to the people they serve
The Utah chapter of Volunteers of America served 8,640 people in 2014 with a strong focus on supporting the homeless teen population. The chapter has a new Young Men’s Transition Home, and plans to move forward on a new building for the Homeless Youth Resource Center that will provide 30 overnight beds and expanded 24/7 services.

Contribute to vibrant communities
Land Trust Alliance affiliate Summit Land Conservancy works out of Park City to protect the state’s vast array of natural resources. The organization facilitates conservation for thousands of acres, including the Weber River Watershed Initiative, which aims to permanently protect this important waterway that provides water to 21 percent of the state.

Advance solutions for challenges facing our youth
Girl Scouts of Utah creates adventures and learning opportunities for 8,000 girls across the state. Building on its long history with exposing girls to the outdoors and physical activity, the Girl Scouts launched a partnership with the National Park Service. The Girl Scout Ranger Program will allow girls to build their own unique park experience, earning badges and patches along the way.



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}

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


Resource Types: Fact Sheet