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There may be some cause for optimism for nonprofits and other grant seekers in 2013. The reason why is that sustained trends in the numbers of grant-making private foundations should translate readily into increases in the numbers of grant opportunities available to grant seekers.

 

Growth in Numbers of Private Foundations:

Data from National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) indicate that, state-by-state, the numbers of private foundations increased substantially, but unevenly, during the period. The NCCS data discussed here are for 501(c)(3) non-operating private foundations only.

 

Analysis of the NCCS data reveals that:

  • In 27 states, growth rates were more than 50%
  • In 3 states, growth rates were more than 100%: Delaware, North Carolina, and Rhode Island
  • In 3 states, growth rates were less than 20%: Indiana, Iowa, and North Dakota; Washington, DC also had a growth rate of less than 20%
  • Growth rates ranged from 13.8% in Iowa to 247.4% in Delaware
  • The median growth rate was 51.8% (in both Nebraska and Maine)

 

Overall, the strongest rates of growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations during the period, 1999-2009, were in the South and the Southwest.

 

Mid-Atlantic:

In the Mid-Atlantic States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 19.4% in Washington, DC to 247.4% in Delaware.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Delaware (DE)

247.4%

New Jersey (NJ)

67.7%

Pennsylvania (PA)

41.3%

District of Columbia (DC)

19.4%

New York (NY)

34.8%

West Virginia (WV)

57.7%

Maryland (MD)

54.8%

 

 

 

North Central:

In the North Central States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations during 1999-2009 ranged from 17.9% in Indiana to 70.9% in Wisconsin.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Illinois (IL)

36.2%

Kentucky (KY)

44.8%

Ohio (OH)

39.7%

Indiana (IN)

17.9%

Michigan (MI)

45.6%

Wisconsin (WI)

70.9%

 

Great Plains:

In the Great Plains States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 13.8% in Iowa to 51.8% in Nebraska.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Iowa (IA)

13.8%

Missouri (MO)

30.2%

Oklahoma (OK)

45.4%

Kansas (KS)

34.3%

Nebraska (NE)

51.8%

South Dakota (SD)

30.2%

Minnesota (MN)

40.2%

North Dakota (ND)

14.3%

 

 

New England:

In the New England States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 29.4% in New Hampshire to 113.3% in Rhode Island.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Connecticut (CT)

49.6%

Massachusetts (MA)

31.4%

Rhode Island (RI)

113.3%

Maine (ME)

51.8%

New Hampshire (NH)

29.4%

Vermont (VT)

54.6%

 

South:

In the Southern States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 42.0% in Tennessee to 119.1% in North Carolina.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alabama (AL)

 56.4%

Louisiana (LA)

60.0%

South Carolina (SC)

69.4%

Arkansas (AR)

52.9%

Mississippi (MS)

59.2%

Tennessee (TN)

42.0%

Florida (FL)

95.7%

North Carolina (NC)

119.1%

Virginia (VA)

58.2%

Georgia (GA)

69.9%

 

 

 

Northwest:

In the Northwestern States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 34.2% in Alaska to 57.0% in Washington.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Alaska (AK)

34.2%

Montana (MN)

47.7%

Washington (WA)

57.0%

Idaho (ID)

42.9%

Oregon (OR)

40.5%

Wyoming (WY)

46.1%

 

Southwest:

In the Southwestern States, growth in the numbers of grant-making 501(c)(3) private foundations ranged from 52.3% in Colorado to 93.1% in Arizona.

 

State

Rate

State

Rate

State

Rate

Arizona (AZ)

93.1%

Hawaii (HI)

53.4%

Texas (TX)

67.1%

California (CA)

67.2%

Nevada (NV)

75.1%

Utah (UT)

61.2%

Colorado (CO)

52.3%

New Mexico (NM)

60.9%

 

 

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