The Truth About Non Profit Organizations

  • There are millions of NPOs that are registered all over the world with over 1.6 million of them being in the US. 950,000 of those registered NPOs are in Canada and India has 1.5 million. With so many registered NPOs, nearly every subject would have an NPO.
  • U.S.-CapitolThe largest NPO in the US is the US Federal Government which generates trillions of dollars yearly and has over $400 billion in endowments each month. Another large NPO is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which has an approximate endowment of over $60 billion.
  • With all NPOs, there has to be a priority and the health care segment receives the highest funding. This could be due to the unaffordability of the present health care system in America.
  • The Nonprofit sector in the United States has assets worth over $2 trillion. This means that if it were a country, the non-profit sector would have the 7th largest economy in the world.
  • A good source of income for charitable organizations is fund raisers. This helps to connect the organizations and the people who share the same values as the NPO. Fundraising events can range from walks, runs, galas, golf tournaments, festivals and many more – basically, any event that brings people together.
  • Many NPOs selectively choose other entities for their web presence like .edu, .org or .us when selecting their domain name. This helps identify them better and also separates them from the more commercial sounding .com which is typically used by other companies.
  • Nearly 10% of the US workforce or more accurately 13.5 million people are EC_US_Workforce_lgemployed by nonprofit organizations.
  • It would take all the employees in construction, publishing, transportation and utilities to even come close to the amount of people employed by nonprofit organizations.
  • The nonprofit sector contributes nearly half a trillion dollars in wages to the US economy. In the year 2007, it accounted for over 9% of all salaries and wages paid in the US.
  • Approximately 25.3% of Americans who are 16 and above have volunteered through or for an NPO between the years of September 2010 and September 2014. The percentage has remained consistent through the years.
  • Religious organizations received the lion’s share of the total estimated contributions which amounted to $358.38 billion in 2014. This was a 7.1% increase from the previous year. These contributions were received from individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations. Educational institutions came second with them receiving 15% of total estimated contributions and Human service organizations coming in third at 12%.
  • To give you an idea, individuals contributed $258.51 billion in 2014 whereas foundations’ contributions amounted to $50.9 billion.
  • Public charities reported over $1.74 trillion in total revenues in 2013 with total expenses amounting to $1.63 trillion. The revenue was received through contributions, gifts and government grants which amounted toColorful multi-cultural integration concept tree set. Vector file layered for easy manipulation and custom coloring.

    21% of the total amount, 72% from government fees and contracts as well as program service revenues and 7% from other sources of revenue like rental income, gains or losses through the sale of goods and special event income.

  • Public charities had over $3 trillion in assets that was reported in 2013.
  • Out of the 1.5 million NPOs in the US, there are only half a million NPOs that make less than a million dollars in total revenue.
  • As with many other things, only a small percentage truly accounts for the bulk of the total reported revenue. 2.25% accounts for 90% of the total reported revenue.
  • A staggering 44% of nonprofits asked for donations via email within the 90 days of sign up.
I was never the do good for people kind of person. Call me selfish, but I always believed it was a ‘Man eats Man’ kind of world. Survival of the fittest, you know? I worked in the world of finance and it was great. Action, deals that changed hands and banks that could make the annual budgets of many companies look like peanuts – I was proud of what I did and I couldn’t see myself in any other role but the one I had.

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