Scope of the Arizona Nonprofit Sector

Other nonprofits

Interactive charts dataA common misconception is that all nonprofits are charities. The terms "nonprofit" and "charity" are often used interchangeably, and it can be confusing to hear about a nonprofit that doesn't have a charitable mission, such as the National Football League.

In fact, several kinds of nonprofits are not charitable organizations. They have different 501 tax statuses, and contributions made to them are not tax-deductible. Social welfare organizations, business leagues and credit unions are common examples. The table below contains the full list of non-charitable 501 classifications.

Social Welfare organizations are the most numerous, followed by Business Leagues and Social Clubs. Credit Unions and Cooperatives are also well represented in Arizona. Credit unions top the list financially, with $6.81 billion in assets.

While there are many smaller non-501(c)3 organizations, 97 percent of total reported revenue comes from organizations large enough to file a full form 990. The chart below shows the total revenue reported by organizations that met the assets-income threshold to file either a full 990 or a 990EZ form in 2015.

Revenue reported by non-501(c)3 nonprofits by 990 form type 

Source: NCCS Circa 2015 and IRS 2018

Full 990 $4.47 Billion
990EZ $146.39 Million


Click to read more about Arizona’s Social Welfare Organizations or Business Leagues.

Number of non-501(c)(3) 990 Filers


Other nonprofits by subsection codes

(B=$Billion, M=$Million)
Source: NCCS Circa 2015 and IRS 2018

IRC Section
501(c)(1) Corporations under Act of Congress 2    
501(c)(2) Title holding for a tax-exempt org. 24 $7.76M $60.87M
501(c)(4) Civic leagues or Social Welfare 1,148 $846.4M $1.65B
501(c)(5) Labor, agricultural or horticultural 287 $91.08M $118.95M
501(c)(6) Business leagues 920 $486.98M $483.65M
501(c)(7) Social and recreational clubs 623 $196M $395.3M
501(c)(8) Fraternal beneficiary societies 442 $20.77M $56.14M
501(c)(9) Voluntary employees associations 86 $1.88B $1.30B
501(c)(10) Domestic fraternal societies 155 $4.18M $43.02M
501(c)(12) Benevolent life insurance assoc. 86 $579.2M $1.44B
501(c)(13) Cemetery companies 17 $0.47M $3.05M
501(c)(14) State-chartered credit unions 19 $357.2M $6.81B
501(c)(15) Mutual insurance associations 47 $0.24M $1.50M
501(c)(16) Cooperative organizations 1    
501(c)(17) Supplemental unemployment trusts 2 $0.54M $5.80M
501(c)(19) Post or organization of war veterans 375 $19.36M $44.08M
501(c)(29) Qualified nonprofit health insurance issuers 2 $121M $6.1M
501(d)(40) Apostolic and religious orgas. 501(d) 3