The Data

We Strengthen Illinois

Through our Building a Stronger Illinois Initiative, we strengthen the relationship between   social impact organizations  and government. Every day social impact organizations (i.e., charitable 501c3 nonprofit organizations) serve the vital interests of every person in every community in Illinois and employ more than half a million people. We are a major economic engine for Illinois. Nearly 14,000 social impact organizations employ 9% of the state’s workforce and represent nearly $20 billion in combined payroll.

Yet, the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis puts all of those at risk.

In our state’s continuing efforts to resolve its chronic fiscal crisis, too many see the social impact sector as an expense to be cut — not a key sector of our economy and a partner in solving our state’s problems.


Social impact organizations in Illinois


Percentage of state’s total workforce


Social impact organizations’ combined payroll

Data that works for you.

This website features easy to use data so advocates, organizations, policymakers and members of the public can explore and see the economic value social impact organizations bring to their communities.
It offers a unique, in-depth look at the size and impact of the social impact sector in every single legislative district. Within each area, data shows the total number of social impact organizations, the number of people we employ, our assets, revenues, and total payroll or the amount of payroll taxes we pay.

This site was created by Forefront as part of Building a Stronger Illinois: the Public Nonprofit Partnership Initiative with generous support from the Wallace Foundation. Through this initiative, we will help policymakers understand that social impact organizations are a must-have for the state’s economy and that we can be effective partners in finding real, sustainable solutions for our state’s economic future.

The sources of information used in this site include:

  • Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service by 501(c)3 charitable organizations; this data is available from the National Center on Charitable Statistics and it includes 14,000 organizations based in Illinois that filed a Form 990 for one of three fiscal years: 2008, 2009 or 2010.
  • The American Community Survey conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. This site uses ACS data collected during the period 2007-2011; tables and graphs are annotated as to the specific time period they represent.

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