Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Non-profit reach and scope

Here in Dallas, The Center for Nonproift Management, in partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas, published an interesting report, Surprising Power:  The State of the Nonprofit Sector in North Texas. The report focuses on the work and presence of nonprofit ogranizations in the 16-county region. 

Here are a few of the facts the report "unearthed."
  • There are 19,336 registered 501 ( c ) 3, nonprofit organizations in North Texas.
  • Of that number, 7,393 file IRS Form 990 tax returns.
  • 9,149 are located in Dallas County; 4,788 in Tarrant County.
  • In 1998, there were 70,383 nonprofits registered in Texas; by 2008 that number grew to 100,734.
  • 82.66% of the region's nonprofits operate with an annual budget of less than $100,000; something less than 2% operate with annual budgets between $5 million and over $10 million.
  • In 2008, the total revenue reported on the Form 990 was $17.7 billion; $12.1 billion in Dallas County; $4.7 billion in Tarrant County.
  • Texas has 40.8 nonprofits for every 10,000 people.
  • In the U. S., the norprofit sector employs almost 13 million people or 9% of the national workforce. 
  • Nationally, nonprofits represent 5.2% of the GDP and 8.3% of U. S. salary and wages.
  • In the North Texas region, nonprofits employ 94,533 individuals.
  • Between 1997 and 2001, nonprofit employment added more than 1 million jobs to the nation's economy. 
  • From 1998 to 2005, employment  in the sector grew by 16%--three times faster than the rest of the economy. 
  • Nationally, nonprofits employ 12.5 million workers, almost 10% of the workforce.


Lorlee said...

One wonders if it wouldn't be better to combine some of those organizations to make a bigger impact.

Anonymous said...

My guess is most have minimal funding, and 0+0+0 is still 0. I would be interested in a study of how many are actually doing something worthwhile (i.e. effective) and how they're doing it and with what resources.