Today's blog post just might win a nonprofit trivia contest for you one day...
Every year, a friend of mine from college organizes a March Madness bracket contest that’s a bit...unusual.
Rather than picking teams based on who you think will actually win the game, you have to pick a completely arbitrary, non-basketball related factor, then apply it to each match-up.
The nerdier and more complex, the better.
The end result won’t win any serious office bracket competition, but it’s pretty entertaining to see what everyone comes up with.
While pondering what I wanted to do for my entry this year, I got to thinking what interesting nonprofit stats I could crunch that might be of interest to you, our wonderful blog reading audience.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of nonprofit data sets out there to play with.
So I downloaded the IRS’s entire list of tax-exempt charities in the United States. All 900,000+ of them.
Scrolling through the list, it was clear that bigger states had more registered nonprofits (duh), but it got me wondering:
Which state has the most tax-exempt organizations per person?
So with some spreadsheet magic, I counted up each state’s total number of organizations, threw that into another spreadsheet containing population data for each state, then divided the population by number of charities in that state to see how many people per nonprofit organization each state had.
So which state has the most nonprofits per person? And who has the least?