The Scope and Activities of 501(c)(3) Supporting Organizations

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The Scope and Activities of 501(c)(3) Supporting Organizations

Abstract

Supporting organizations provide a broad array of services, including grants and other financial benefits, to 501(c)(3) public charities. This study found that nearly 92 percent of the large supporting organizations with no apparent grants in our sample provided significant financial services and benefits to their supported organizations. Complex business and legal factors like those at work in the for-profit world appear to drive such activities in most of these organizations.

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