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May 15, 2017 1:59 pm

The 25 biggest nonprofits in Philadelphia

By income, according to GuideStar and including universities and hospitals. Here's what surprised us about this list and what didn't.

Locust Walk on Penn's campus.

(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

There are over 8,000 nonprofits incorporated in Philadelphia.

That number needs some context, though, and the first question that demands to be asked is this: What kind of scale are we talking about here?

We plan to dive in to that question deeper in the future, but to begin to answer it, here’s a list of the 25 largest nonprofits incorporated in Philadelphia, ranked by income, according to GuideStar. (The first number listed is a nonprofit’s income, the second is its assets.)

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  1. Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania — $15,876,299,641 / $17,230,855,000
  2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — $2,117,047,837 / $3,546,987,890
  3. Temple University — $2,019,276,000 / $2,944,852,000
  4. Drexel University — $1,817,290,476 / $1,943,620,563
  5. Health Partners Plans, Inc. — $1,625,451,719 / $476,023,567
  6. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital — $1,589,904,628 / $1,772,516,839
  7. Temple University Hospital, Inc. — $1,209,604,341 / $717,173,174
  8. Albert Einstein Healthcare Network Group Letter Ruling — $1,149,454,907 / $1,322,357,938
  9. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation — $1,116,844,032 / $1,744,198,284
  10. Pew Charitable Trusts — $875,595,351 / $823,502,691
  11. Community Behavioral Health — $811,528,131 / $97,358,011
  12. Albert Einstein Healthcare Network — $739,762,819 / $840,652,000
  13. American Bible Society — $615,282,095 / $746,386,221
  14. Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System — $579,868,847 / $677,316,141
  15. Aria Health — $521,028,279 / $737,133,229
  16. University of Pennsylvania Medical — $507,261,125 / $636,795,328
  17. Carpenter’s Health and Welfare Fund of Philadelphia and Vicinity — $476,830,055 / $308,123,122
  18. Thomas Jefferson University — $451,403,419 / $1,529,734,743
  19. Jefferson University Physicians — $401,335,107 / $239,883,749
  20. GlaxoSmithKline Patient Access Programs Foundation — $400,020,917 / $30,996,799
  21. St. Joseph’s University — $321,117,990 / $677,140,152
  22. Neubauer Family Foundation — $299,509,332 / $374,238,007
  23. American Oncologic Hospital — $298,473,710 / $148,446,114
  24. Pew Memorial Trust — $280,994,393 / $2,888,959,778
  25. Resources for Human Development, Inc. — $255,960,451 / $70,233,108

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Some thoughts on all this:

And some further questions we have:

  • Why aren’t there more foundations on the list?
  • Why are there so many nonprofits associated with Penn?
  • How much do these organizations’ CEOs and EDs make?
  • Which of these are having the biggest impact on the city?

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What surprises you — or doesn’t — about this list? Do you have the answers to our questions? What other lists do you want to see? Tell us @generocity or by emailing julie@generocity.org.

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Julie Zeglen

Julie Zeglen is Editor of Generocity. Previous to joining the Technically Media team, she served as managing editor of Star Community Newsweekly, a hyperlocal newspaper focused on Philadelphia’s River Wards. The Temple alumna lives in West Philly.

  • David Wragg

    Thanks, Generocity, for this interesting and needed analysis. I think more should be done to thoroughly understand the financial profile of nonprofits in Philadelphia. (I suspect the same picture emerges elsewhere too). It begs several questions for me: 1) given this “1%” picture where the largest nonprofits account for probably 90%+ of the total revenue of the 8,000 organization, where is evidence of “trickle down”?; 2) what are these large organizations doing to enable/encourage/fund social entrepreneurs in a city with many needs e.g. adjacent educational or health nonprofits? and 3) should these behemoths even be called “nonprofits” thus diverting needed public attention from true grassroots, community action starving for lack of funding?

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