The uniqueness of the nonprofit sector lies in its mission to serve the common good

As mission-driven corporations governed by community leaders, nonprofits have the flexibility and entrepreneurial capacity to swiftly respond to changes in our community and economic landscape.

Nonprofits also offer a cost-effective way to deliver services. They can execute programs effectively because they are able to:

  • Employ unique strategies
  • Leverage volunteer power
  • Mobilize grassroots relationships

As a result of this unique position, government increasingly partners with the nonprofit sector, contracting with them to deliver a vast range of services, and for-profit businesses partner with nonprofits to support needed services through sponsorships, grants and donations.

NH Nonprofits are a powerful economic force

Businesses invest in communities where there are strong nonprofits. New Hampshire’s businesses and its workforce thrive when there are quality local childcare options, higher education, diverse housing stock, as well as recreational and cultural opportunities.

Nonprofits foster civic engagement

Nonprofits bring people together to shape and improve the quality of life in their communities. Volunteers share their time and expertise — doing everything from stuffing envelopes, to being the voice at the end of the hotline to participating in strategic sessions.


New Hampshire’s diverse nonprofit sector

NH is home to 6,547 charitable 501(c)(3) organizations. This number reflects the depth and breadth of the work being accomplished, the uniqueness of our cities and towns, and the diverse variety of missions. They range from local grassroots organizations powered by volunteers to statewide institutions.


Achieving results with diverse funding models

Financing the work of a nonprofit requires a great deal of strategy. Nonprofits have diverse business models and rely on a wide mix of revenue sources including donations, state and federal government grants and contracts, program fees and investment and other income.

The examples below represent actual NH organizations and the financial information reported on their Form 990.


Every NH community is a better place to live and work because of the work of nonprofits. But nonprofits can do so much more with the support of our partners — and that means you. You can become a part of making your community stronger by:

  • Serving on the board of a nonprofit
  • Volunteering your time at a nonprofit
  • Making a donation to a nonprofit
  • Advocating on behalf of a nonprofit

This report focuses on registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits located in New Hampshire. Public charities and foundations are classified as 501(c)(3) organizations by the IRS and are eligible to receive tax charitable deductions. These organizations comprise 76% of the tax-exempt organizations in New Hampshire. Other tax-exempt nonprofits (2,044) include business associations, social welfare groups, fraternal, veterans and service organizations.
Unless otherwise indicated, data was obtained from the IRS Business Master File from December 2018.

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