January 2012

The Structure of the Nonprofit Sector as it Relates to Philanthropy

In 2011 we reported that, contrary to the all-too-common opinion that there are “too many charities”, only about 10% of nonprofits are actually philanthropic—i.e., private initiatives, for public good, focusing on quality of life, and actively engaged in the philanthropic marketplace—public fundraising for grants and donations. To help prove that, we posted a link to the IRS Master Data File for Massachusetts nonprofits on the MPD so that users can check the evidence for themselves; and as always we have invited corrections.