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Scope of the Arizona Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofits at a glance

Arizona is home to a vibrant nonprofit sector comprising over 23,000 registered tax-exempt organizations. The majority of these (19,450) are 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

These organizations deliver vital human services, educate youth, preserve the natural world, and provide forums for worship, activism, and artistic expression.

Most of Arizona's 501(c)(3) organizations are public charities, but the state's private foundations number over 1,000.

Arizona's nonprofit sector reaches beyond charitable organizations and includes over 4,200 other registered nonprofits, including social welfare organizations and business leagues.

Read more about Arizona's charitable organizations and other nonprofits, and view interactive charts, by clicking the links in the menu to the right.

Arizona nonprofits: how many and how much

By major subsection codes

B=Billion, M=Million
Note: Revenue and Assets figures represent 990 filers only
Source: NCCS Circa 2015 and IRS 2018

  Total # 990 Filers Revenue Assets
Total Nonprofits in Arizona 23,689 8,869 $34.82 B $54.64 B
-501(c)(3) - Charitable Organizations 19,450 7,031 $30.21 B $42.23 B
--Public Charities 18,322 5,908 $29.60 B $36.68 B
--Private Foundations 1,128 1,123 $608.1 M $5.55 B
-Other Nonprofits 4,239 1,838 $4.62 B $12.42 B
--501(c)(4) - Social Welfare 1,148 396 $846.43 M $1.65 B
--501(c)(6) - Business Leagues 920 584 $486.98 M $483.65 M
--All Other Nonprofits 2,171 858 $3.28 B $10.28 B

 

By county

B=Billion, M=Million
Note: Revenue and Assets figures represent 990 filers only
Source: NCCS Circa 2015 and IRS 2018

County Number of Nonprofits 990 Filers Revenue Assets
Maricopa 13,621 5,398 $26.39 B $39.96 B
Pima 4,068 1,584 $3.95 B $7.81 B
Yavapai 1,349 465 $702.8 M $1.17 B
Pinal 921 204 $174 M $279.9 M
Coconino 663 277 $1.24 B $1.52 B
Cochise 662 188 $466.5 M $1.04 B
Mohave 659 186 $511.4 M $586.4 M
Yuma 449 144 $559.2 M $929.7 M
Navajo 365 110 $371.5 M $496.8 M
Gila 293 102 $106.8 M $164.3 M
Santa Cruz 219 82 $109.2 M $68.76 M
Apache 117 49 $114.58 M $146.34 M
Graham 121 47 $102.87 M $150.27 M
La Paz 86 26 $27.54 M $31.65 M
Greenlee 35 6 $4.23 M $10.2 M
Marion 1 1 $-2.87 M $360.41 M

By organization type

B=Billion, M=Million
Note: Revenue and Assets figures represent 990 filers only
Source: NCCS Circa 2015 and IRS 2018

Classification Number of Nonprofits Number of 990 filers Revenue Assets
Education 2,448 1,022 $1.14 B $1.84 B
Religion-related* 1,910 312 $142.3 M $310.6 M
Other Human Services 1,219 394 $250.29 M $348.84 M
Recreation and Sports 1,143 353 $161.91 M $233.48 M
Philanthropy, Grantmaking 1,087 699 $619 M $3.27 B
Arts, Culture, Humanities 944 304 $139.1 M $278.1 M
Community Improvement 688 312 $189.9 M $310.4 M
Animal-related 677 213 $54.63 M $74.61 M
Others 574 203 $745.37 M $680.16 M
Health Care 486 212 $5.5 B $3.8 B
Youth Development 422 147 $57.27 M $44.96 M
Societal Benefit 287 89 $278 M $2.29 B
Intl, Foreign Affairs 268 102 $22.4 M $12.48 M
Other Medical-related 265 125 $242.04 M $199.43 M
Environment 264 86 $26.88 M $34.32 M
Housing and Shelter 260 144 $179.4 M $401.1 M
Mental Care 205 83 $234.38 M $155.75 M
Agriculture and Nutrition  155 67 $143.99 M $81.21 M
Children and Youth 125 54 $34 M $44.98 M
Employment 110 46 $14.6 M $19.63 M
Family Services 101 43 $11.32 M $9.1 M
Science-related 85 32 $11.46 M $38.14 M
Adult Day Care 44 28 $51.34 M $110.74 M

 

Arizona's Nonprofit Sector draws upon the most recently available data from several sources. The total number of nonprofit organizations is reported from the IRS registry of tax-exempt organizations, updated September 2018. Financial data are drawn from the National Center for Charitable Statistics 2015 Core Files and Business Master Files.

* Religious congregations are not required to register with the IRS or file a 990 of any kind, although some of them do. Therefore both the total numbers and financial information for congregations (and therefore the overall totals) are under-reported.

For details on data sources, methodologies, and limitations, please see the Glossary and Sources.