Ohio Nonprofit Report Shows Trends, Strength

October 13, 2014 at 4:42 pm 2 comments

headshot of claudiaThe Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations just released its newest report on the state of Ohio’s nonprofit sector.

Chief among the data: last year, with more than 37,000 registered nonprofits, 14,010 were large enough – i.e., had gross receipts of $50,000 or more – to be required to file the federal information form 990 that details their finances, programs, donations and governance practices.


The data on these 14,000+ organizations clearly demonstrate the vitality of the sector. Here are just a few of the aggregated figures that caught my eye.
Reporting nonprofits:

  • Had $70 billion in expenditures – roughly 15% of Ohio’s gross domestic product;
  • Held $71 billion in assets;
  • Made three-quarters of their revenue from services and contracts; and
  • Employed more than 487,000 people – the 4th largest employer type – and these employees earned about $20 million in wages – nearly 9% of the state’s total payroll.

OANO Sector Report FINAL[1] 1A few other interesting data points illustrate how nonprofits are spread across the state. Monroe and Vinton Counties had only 10 each, compared to Franklin County’s 1,966; clearly, some parts of the state remain underserved.

Just as diverse are the different programmatic areas that are the focus of nonprofits: more than 9,000 are religion-related, 5,201 focus on education and only 143 focus on civil rights, social action and advocacy.

These numbers tell only part of the story. They don’t begin to tell the story of the countless people who find jobs, further their education, receive immunizations and are fed, housed and clothed because of dedicated nonprofit employees.

Take a few minutes to read the report and celebrate the strength of the sector.

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Claudia Y.W. Herrold

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. TATYANA ILES  |  April 29, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Savvy post . I learned a lot from the facts , Does anyone know if my business might be able to access a fillable a form form to fill in ?

    • 2. Philanthropy Ohio  |  May 2, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Not sure what type of form you’re looking for. Could you please clarify?


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