Learn More: Nonprofits


Variable Definitions:
Nonprofits: The number of nonprofit organizations in a given area
Reference U.S.A - U.S. Business Database
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Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Nonprofits are organizations that work to fulfill goals for a particular cause. They make up a broad range of entities from large national organizations like the American Red Cross to small local animal shelters or community theaters. Nationally, about 35% of nonprofits work in the human services sector, while many others work in education, health, and environmental causes among many others. Most nonprofits are tax exempt under the 501(c)(3) section of the tax code, which also provides donors with a tax-deduction for contributions made to such organizations. 
Nonprofits serve a unique role within many communities. They are situated within the private sector and can target specific populations for service delivery unlike public sector entities. Additionally, their lack of concern with profit motives allows them to focus the majority of their resources on mission and service delivery. The number of nonprofits in a neighborhood can be a measure of access to resources and services outside of traditional government avenues. 

"The Importance of Organizations to Human Services." Human Services Guide, 2018. Link
"What is a 'Nonprofit'?" National Council of Nonprofits, 2018. Link
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