Massachusetts Nonprofit Sector Has Grown 19% in Last Decade
March 28, 2013 The number of public charity nonprofits in Massachusetts increased by nearly 19% during the last decade and today employs one out of every seven workers in the state, up slightly from 10 years ago.
Today, 455,900 people14.5% of the states workforcework for nonprofits, according to figures recently released by Independent Sector, a national coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs.
In 2003, 420,671 peoplethen 13% of the workforcewere employed by nonprofits, according to a report issued by MassINC
, a nonprofit, Boston-based independent think tank, in 2005.
In 2000, Massachusetts nonprofits employed 387,346 people, or about 8.6% of the states workforce, according to MassINC.
According to Independent Sector, Massachusetts is home to 24,195 public charities, up 18.9% from the 20,345 registered public charities previously reported by MassINC.
Today, 4,289 private and public foundations are registered in Massachusetts, according to Independent Sector. In its report, MassINC had noted that there were 4,191 registered private foundations in Massachusetts in April 2004.
Employment by program area in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector today breaks down the same as in 2005:
|Program Area ||Share of Mass. Employment|
|Health Care ||51%|
|Education Services ||25%|
|Social Assistance ||10%|
|Religious, Grantmaking, Civic and Professional Orgs ||5%|
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services ||4%|
|All Others ||6%|
In 2004, filing Massachusetts 501(c)(3) organizations reported $65 billion in income and $137 billion in assets. Today, those numbers have increased to $90.5 billion and $259 billion, respectively.