Pennsylvania Nonprofits Look in the Mirror

Pennsylvania Nonprofits Look in the Mirror

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the nation’s 33rd-largest and sixth-most populous state. According to GuideStar, there are 71,226 501(c)(3) public charities (plus 4,767 religious organizations) operating in the state. The sector employs 727,200 people (13.3 percent of the state’s workforce) generating $109.8 billion in annual revenues. Hospitals (35 percent), educational services (19 percent) and nursing and residential care (16 percent) lead in the share of nonprofit employees. Social assistance is next at just nine percent. Pennsylvania foundations give approximately $1.6 billion dollars annually, compared to Pennsylvanians giving $6 billion annually.

The Lincoln Institute for Public Policy Research in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) just completed their 2016 Pennsylvania Charitable Organizations Survey in November. The survey was conducted electronically with a total of 177 nonprofit organizations responding.

While expressing confidence in the sector to accomplish its collective mission, only 10 percent of the respondents believe that public trust in the nonprofit sector is “high,” with 31 percent of the respondents saying that the level of trust had worsened.

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Nonprofit Quarterly
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