Nonprofits by the numbers

Small community organizations can be an important part of civic life, the N.C. Center for Nonprofits reports, but just a handful of schools, universities and hospitals actually account for the bulk of the money. Graphic by Anna Whitley

Mountain Xpress took a look at the 441 nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status in Buncombe County and more than 10,300 nonprofits in the whole state. We found that the large and diverse sector has a significant economic footprint. Small community organizations can be an important part of civic life, the N.C. Center for Nonprofits reports, but just a handful of schools, universities and hospitals actually account for the bulk of the money.

Local statistics

People employed

  • in Buncombe County: 127,155 (2014)

    Graphic by Anna Whitley
  • by all Buncombe nonprofits: 16,196 (in 2013); 14,586 (in 2012)
  • by Mission Hospital Inc.: 7,811 (in 2012)

Total expenditures by

  • all Buncombe nonprofits: $1,781,530,053 (in 2012)
  • Mission Hospital Inc. and Mission Health Systems Inc: $938,858,328 (in 2012)

Total revenue

  • all Buncombe nonprofits: $2,080,245,995*
  • largest 10 percent Buncombe nonprofits by revenue: $1,889,837,883*
  • Mission Hospital Inc. and Mission Health Systems Inc: $1,053,490,370 (in 2012)

Total assets

  • Buncombe nonprofits: $5,013,742,290*
  • largest 10 percent of Buncombe nonprofits by total assets: $4,731,022,657*
  • Mission Hospital Inc. and Mission Health System Inc.: $3,098,606,701 (in 2012)

North Carolina Statistics

People Employed (2012):

  • nonprofits employ 1 out of every 9 people in the state
  • nonprofits provide 425,000 jobs
  • nonprofits payed over $15 billion in wages

Volunteers (2012):

  • number of people who volunteer each year: 2.5 million
  • percentage of overall population who volunteered: 26.4 percent
  • hours of volunteer work statewide: 228.6 million (which is the equivalent of 109,903 full-time workers)

 

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Data from N.C. Center for Nonprofits, Urban Institute and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

* most recent available yearly data for each organization. Includes information from 2012, 2013 and 2014

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4 thoughts on “Nonprofits by the numbers

    • Jim

      Lolzozo. That’s a big fat zero. Quick Mission, there’s some property for sale. Better buy it to add to all the other prime real estate you own. 700 million in freebies allows you to do it. Never mind that people are getting tossed out of their homes for you. And the fools wonder why more and more people in this nation just want to watch it burn.

  1. Jim

    No, only the evil 1 percenters who’ve taken advantage of the system. But, but don’t all these breweries do the same when their operations on top of their festivals are subsidized by the taxpayers?

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