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What kinds of nonprofits do foundations support?

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Foundation grants can be an important source of income for nonprofits. With 1.4 million active charities in the U.S., it's also no secret that competition for nonprofit grants can be stiff. The fact is, some industries receive more support than others. Understanding why this is the case, and viewing foundation grant trends, can help you decide where to focus your efforts and increase your chances of receiving a grant. Check out the whole article.
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What kinds of nonprofits do foundations support?

An analysis of the types of nonprofits that foundations give to and why some industries receive more grants than others.
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Compensation of CEOs at nonprofit hospitals

Hospital CEOs are highly compensated, averaging $660,000 per year in total compensation, with 18% making more than $1 million per year
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How to find grants for your nonprofit

Research and apply for grants to support your organization — over $77 billion in foundation funding awarded to nonprofits last year.
Impact of Covid-19 on all types of nonprofits

Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits: What 2021 Form 990 data shows

Organizations reliant on ticket sales, conferences, admissions, and other earned revenue have fared far worse than nonprofits reliant on grants and donations
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Private Foundation Excise Taxes on Undistributed Income

Of the 48,440 non-operating private foundations analyzed, only 1,034 (2.1%) had to pay an excise tax on undistributed income from the previous year
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Foundation Grants to Individuals

Over 44,458 organizations made grants to individuals within the United States this past year, with combined cash and non-cash grants worth almost $70 billion
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COVID-19 Grants to Nonprofits

Through an analysis of over 50,000 grantmaking organizations, we've found approximately 1,500 grantmaking organizations have established COVID-19 relief funds
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Gifts from Private Foundations to Donor Advised Funds

More than 12,454 private foundations made 25,772 contributions to 2,007 nonprofits that operate donor advised funds (DAFs) this most recent fiscal year
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How to Calculate a Nonprofit Operating Budget

By only looking at expenses that are core to the actual daily operations of the nonprofit, and ignoring the rest, you can get a good idea of a nonprofit's size
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How the Coronavirus affects the nonprofit sector

COVID-19 greatly affects the nonprofit sector, not only through increased demand for services, but also through decreased earnings caused for nonprofits
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How Many Nonprofits Are in the US?

There are 1.8 million active nonprofit organizations in the United States. Churches, schools, and foundations account for 40% of these.
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Most Common Nonprofit Types by State in 2020

The nonprofit sector varies regionally within the United States, with different parts of the country tending to have different types of nonprofits
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Top 50 Fastest Growing Nonprofits

The fastest growing nonprofits in the United States tend to be younger organizations that have just received major funding, but almost a third are 10+ years old
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Top Environmental Organizations by Employees

Environmental education, energy conservation, or natural resource conservation programs employ the most people, often 100-4000 employees
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2019 Nonprofit Employment Statistics

The nonprofit sector employs 24.0 million people, about 14% of the U.S. workforce, with hospitals and universities employing the most people
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Largest Nonprofits by Assets in 2019

Universities and foundations account for about half of the top 100 largest nonprofits by assets, but hospitals and credit unions are represented as well
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The Highest Paid Nonprofit CEOs

The highest-paid nonprofit leaders — CEOs, Executive Directors, etc. — all earn at least $900k per year, and into the tens of millions for large hospitals
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The Top 100 Charities by Revenue in 2019

The top 100 charities for 2019 combined earn $181.0 billion in revenues each year and have $291.1 billion in investable assets
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Top Nonprofit Trends of 2019: Nonprofit Sector Year in Review

Financials are solid, but not all nonprofits are growing equally, and nonprofits are outsourcing more.
What is a charity vs nonprofit?

The nonprofit sector in the United States contains a whole variety of organizations, including hospitals, human service organizations, credit unions, universities, professional sports leagues, cultural institutions, electric co-ops, trade associations, foundations, and a variety of others.

However, when people mention "charities", they usually mean only a subset of these. So we defined "nonprofit" as any entity tax-exempt under the IRS, and "charity" to mean 501(c)(3) organizations that can receive tax-deductible contirbutions, excluding hospitals, colleges, universities, insurance companies, and their respective foundations.