(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.)
- Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania — $15,876,299,641 / $17,230,855,000
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — $2,117,047,837 / $3,546,987,890
- Temple University — $2,019,276,000 / $2,944,852,000
- Drexel University — $1,817,290,476 / $1,943,620,563
- Health Partners Plans, Inc. — $1,625,451,719 / $476,023,567
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospital — $1,589,904,628 / $1,772,516,839
- Temple University Hospital, Inc. — $1,209,604,341 / $717,173,174
- Albert Einstein Healthcare Network Group Letter Ruling — $1,149,454,907 / $1,322,357,938
- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation — $1,116,844,032 / $1,744,198,284
- Pew Charitable Trusts — $875,595,351 / $823,502,691
- Community Behavioral Health — $811,528,131 / $97,358,011
- Albert Einstein Healthcare Network — $739,762,819 / $840,652,000
- American Bible Society — $615,282,095 / $746,386,221
- Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Health System — $579,868,847 / $677,316,141
- Aria Health — $521,028,279 / $737,133,229
- University of Pennsylvania Medical — $507,261,125 / $636,795,328
- Carpenter’s Health and Welfare Fund of Philadelphia and Vicinity — $476,830,055 / $308,123,122
- Thomas Jefferson University — $451,403,419 / $1,529,734,743
- Jefferson University Physicians — $401,335,107 / $239,883,749
- GlaxoSmithKline Patient Access Programs Foundation — $400,020,917 / $30,996,799
- St. Joseph’s University — $321,117,990 / $677,140,152
- Neubauer Family Foundation — $299,509,332 / $374,238,007
- American Oncologic Hospital — $298,473,710 / $148,446,114
- Pew Memorial Trust — $280,994,393 / $2,888,959,778
- Resources for Human Development, Inc. — $255,960,451 / $70,233,108
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Some thoughts on all this:
- Most of these are to be expected. Philly is commonly known as an “eds and meds” capital — 38 percent of those employed in the city work for an educational or medical institution. And a few of these entities, such as Jefferson and Temple, are both hospitals and universities.
- But holy moly, Penn. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that both its income and assets far outperform other local schools, as it’s the only Ivy in Philadelphia. (Also, Amy Gutmann is the fourth-highest-paid of all U.S. university presidents.) Still, consider that the City of Philadelphia‘s proposed 2018 fiscal year budget lists obligations of a mere $4.38 billion.
- Nonprofits don’t need to pay property taxes. Instead, they can make “payments in lieu of taxes,” or PILOTs, as a way to give back to the city. Penn — the largest land-owning nonprofit in Philly — doesn’t. It’s controversial.
- As sister site Technical.ly Philly pointed out this December, University City is poised to become a “catalyst for the Philly tech scene,” largely because of the anchor institutions listed here: Penn, CHOP, Drexel.
- Several of these nonprofits were included in Technical.ly’s 2013 list of the 20 biggest employers in Philly.
- We’re a little surprised to realize how huge RHD is. It makes sense, though — the human services org operates over 160 programs in 15 states.
- Let’s call American Bible Society, which provides bibles to people around the world, the sleeper hit here.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.