State Profile – West Virginia

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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 West Virginia’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 West Virginia Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 9,381
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 5,905
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 339
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 3,137

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

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Economic Impact of the West Virginia Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 76,432 – over 14% of the state’s workforce
  • Generates almost $9.3 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of almost $15 billion
  • West Virginia foundations annually give almost $73 million
  • West Virginians give almost $477 million to charity each year, representing 2.83 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit West Virginia Communities

Deliver vital community services
Since its founding by the Ferguson Memorial Baptist Church, KISRA has been working to create stronger and better educated families who are more empowered and ready to change the course of their lives and contribute to the community. The KISRA Cares Program supports individuals dealing with mental illness by providing them with intensive case management.

Give voice to the people they serve
The American Heart Association advocates to support vital programs to ensure the cardiovascular health of West Virginia. Their focus in West Virginia includes CPR training, funding research, improving workplaces and protecting newborns.

Contribute to vibrant communities
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra aims to be the spark that ignites a love of music and sense of pride in every person in the West Virginia region. One of the WVSO’s strongest initiatives, the Young People’s Concert Series reaches over 14,000 students annually.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
As West Virginia’s leading voice and premiere resource for philanthropy, Philanthropy West Virginia is committed to helping its members fulfill their charitable goals. It does so by providing opportunities for trustees and staff to network, build skills, enhance knowledge and demonstrate leadership.
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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:WV/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:
KISRA: http://www.kisra.org/#!KISRA-is-Awarded-15-Million-a-Year-for-Five-Years-for-ReEntry-Work/caph/5630d4e10cf2354c3154ef56 and https://www.kisra.org/care-cordination
Philanthropy WV: http://www.philanthropywv.org/about/
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra: https://wvsymphony.org/ypc and https://wvsymphony.org/missionhistory
American Heart Association: https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/west-virginia/welcome-to-west-virginia#research

As of October 2019

 

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