The following profile information is based on data organized by the National Center for Charitable Statistics (the national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States), the Oregon Employment Department, and Volunteering in America.

Statewide Numbers
What Do Oregon Nonprofits Do?
Economic Impact
Impact on the Quality of Life in Oregon

Statewide Numbers

Oregon is home to over 22,000 registered nonprofit organizations.

  • 15,188 are 501(c)(3) public charities, working in social services, health care, education, the arts, and related public benefit activities.
  • 1,223 are 501(c)(3) private foundations, most of which are grantmaking family foundations.
  • 6,304 are other 501(c) nonprofit organizations, such as civic clubs, homeowners associations, and chambers of commerce.

*These figures do not include Oregon nonprofits that have never applied to the IRS for any form of tax-exempt status.

What Do Oregon Nonprofits Do?

Oregon nonprofit organizations provide a wide variety of programs and services to our communities. Of those Oregon public charities filing with the IRS, their top areas of focus are:

Education, 17%
Arts, Culture, Humanities, 14%
Human Services, 10%
Recreation, Sports, Leisure, 10%
Community Improvement, 6%
Religion, Spirituality, 5%
Environmental Protection, 5%

A smaller number of Oregon nonprofits focus their activities in the areas of:

Health, 4%
Youth Development, 3%
Housing, 3%

Economic Impact

Nonprofits not only make our communities more vibrant places to live, they also contribute to Oregon’s economic vitality.

Oregon nonprofits employ over 140,000 people. This represents 12% of all private sector jobs in Oregon.

Most private sector nonprofit employment—99,000 jobs—is with health and social services. Together, health and social services make up 62% of all nonprofit jobs.

Impact on the Quality of Life in Oregon

Nonprofits provide basic services, arts and culture programs, healthcare, education, and environmental stewardship. They play an essential and irreplaceable role in community life.

Nonprofits also offer meaningful avenues for civic engagement through volunteerism. Over 33% of all Oregonians volunteer, one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the U.S.

Oregonians think very highly of nonprofits. In a Davis Hibbitts 2005 public opinion poll involving over 1,700 Oregonians:

  • 70% said nonprofits play an important role in making their communities better places to live
  • 70% said they or a member of their household participated in or was helped by a nonprofit in the past two years
  • 79% said their involvement with nonprofits improved their lives

“My grandchildren are being raised by their single mother and would not have been able to have the social education—like sports, after-school clubs, and summer camps—without the help she has gotten from nonprofits.” –Linn County resident