This brief highlights trends in the number and finances of 501(c)(3) public charities as well as key findings on private charitable contributions and volunteering, two vital resources to the nonprofit sector. It includes the most recent data available.
Over 1.5 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) in 2008. The largest single category?
501(c)(3) public charities?included over 950,000 organizations
and accounted for three-fourths of nonprofit revenue and sixtenths
of nonprofit assets. In 2009, total private giving was
$303.8 billion, down 3.6 percent from the revised estimate for
2008. In 2009, 26.8 percent of U.S. adults said they volunteered
through an organization. Volunteers contributed a total of 15
billion hours during the year, worth $279 billion at average
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