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Fact Sheet: Michigan's Nonprofit SectorSize and Nature: According to the IRS, in 2008 Michigan had more than 47,000 nonprofit organizations. Of these, 31,000 are public charities and private foundations, or 501(c)(3) nonprofits, which means their purpose is religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary or cultural. Donations to 501(c)(3) nonprofits are deductible, on the federal level, within certain limits. In 2008, nearly 63 percent of nonprofits were public charities, 32 percent were non-chartiable and 5 percent were private foundations.
Scope: Michigan's nonprofit sector is both geographically diverse, with organizations in every county of the state, and operationally diverse. From large institutions like Michigan State University or the University of Michigan to small groups like local food banks. Nonprofits work with every issue of concern to Michigan residents - from education to health, human services to the arts, economic development to the environment.
Roles: Michiganians look to nonprofits to:
Giving and Volunteering: Michigan has a long and strong tradition of giving and volunteering. According to 2009 statistics: