The independent, or sometimes referred to as the third sector, includes a very diverse range of organizations including some or all of the following:
Community interest companies
“The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts”
It is the belief of the Center that only with an alignment of private, public, and independent sector efforts can positive, lasting, system community progress be made.
Additionally, having all aspects of the independent, or third, sector align for purposes of advocacy, policy, outcomes, and resource development, is particularly powerful. Those of us who work in the sector understand its power and influence, but sometimes create our own barriers for utilizing that power and influence to its greatest potential. The first step to advancing our integrated mission of increasing positive outcomes for our community as a whole is to work together – to cooperate, collaborate and coordinate efforts.
Where Can I do the Research?
The National Center for Charitable Statistics is the nation’s clearinghouse for nonprofit data. Its mission is to develop and disseminate high quality data on nonprofit organizations and their activities for use in research on the relationships between the nonprofit sector, government, the commercial sector, and the broader civil society.
The Independent Sector serves as the premier meeting ground for the leaders of America’s charitable and philanthropic sector. Since its founding in 1980, it has sponsored ground-breaking research, fought for public policies that support a dynamic, independent sector, and created unparalleled resources so staff, boards, and volunteers can improve their organizations and better serve their communities.
What do the numbers look like?
Registered Nonprofit Organizations (12/2013)
Citation: Internal Revenue Service, Exempt Organizations Business Master File (2013, Dec)