Nonprofit organizations in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Nonprofit organizations use attained revenues to achieve their present and future goals instead of claiming them as profits. Their goal is not necessarily to be wealthy, but to be able to support certain groups of people through various fundraising methods.

In the United States, nonprofit organizations attempt to be exempted from taxes by applying to the IRS. In 2013, there were approximately 1.41 million nonprofit organizations located in the U.S. that were registered at the IRS. The registered nonprofit organizations had assets with a combined value of 5.17 trillion U.S. dollars in 2013. In addition, reported revenues amounted to 2.26 trillion U.S. dollars in 2013, while reported expenses were 2.1 trillion U.S. dollars in 2013.

In order to achieve these revenues, the nonprofit organizations used a variety of different methods. Based on a survey among some organizations, the most commonly used fundraising method is from their board, with approximately 92 percent of all organizations using it. Based on a survey, 69 percent of the nonprofit organizations believe that their fundraising budgets would increase in 2016, allowing for further spending.

As of 2013, expenses of reporting nonprofit organizations in the United States amounted to 2.1 trillion U.S. dollars. While some nonprofits focus on conducting research with the goal of finding a treatment or cure for a specific disease, others focus on providing services or programs to help the local or international communities. These programs may include donations of clothing or food from the public, while others require funding to pay teachers to provide education abroad. These programs cost money to operate and the expenses vary depending on the size and scope of the program. On the international level, the Sub-Saharan Africa region profited the most from donations by the U.S. nonprofit organizations, receiving approximately 1.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.

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