Non-profit organizations - number in the U.S. 1998-2016

Number of non-profit organizations in the U.S. from 1998 to 2016

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Release date

June 2020


United States

Survey time period

1998 to 2016

Supplementary notes

Data for previous years can be found here.

Internal Revenue Service regulations define over 30 kinds of tax-exempt organizations, often called nonprofits, or not-for-profits. Over 1.5 million were registered with the IRS in 2008. This figure does not include all nonprofits: those with less than $5,000 annual revenue and religious congregations need not register with the IRS (although many congregations do). When most people think of nonprofits, they tend to think of public charities, those organizations active in the arts, education, health care, human services, and other areas to which donors can make tax-deductible contributions. The nonprofit sector, however, also includes advocacy organizations, labor unions, business and professional associations, social and recreational clubs, as well as a variety of more obscure types.

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