Nonprofits Count

The impact of Nonprofits in Kansas City

Nonprofit Presence

Public & Societal Benefit (34.58%) includes areas of community improvement, volunteerism, unemployment, employee associations, military and veterans’ support, neighborhood associations, some life insurance providers, cemeteries and foundations.

Human Services (27.01%) tackle some of the region’s most pressing issues, including child welfare, shelters, food and nutrition, public safety, disaster response, youth development and employment.

Where are the nonprofits located?

Organizations by County

More than three-fourths (75.66%) of KC nonprofit organizations are located within Jackson, Missouri, and Johnson, Kansas, counties. The breakdown of organizations per county correlates closely to population size.

Compared to similarly sized metropolitan areas, Kansas City’s nonprofit density is mid-range. The claim that there are too many nonprofits is easily debunked.

A total of 263 new organizations were formed in the 6-year period of 2012 through 2017. The Public & Societal Benefit (34.58%) and Human Services (27.01%) categories added the most organizations. Two small categories, International & Foreign Affairs and Environment & Animal-Related, experienced the highest growth rates.

How do nonprofits help?

Nonprofit Growth

Income Diversity

Kansas City nonprofits do rely on contributions and grants, but mostly generate funds from fees for programs and services. Donations continue to be important, but program and service fees are more sustainable.




of Kansas City nonprofits

Revenue by Focus Area

Largest Areas of Focus:

Who are the nonprofits?

Data examined within the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This report was commissioned by Nonprofit Connect. Data was examined by BKD CPAs and Advisors.

Photos provided by Children's Mercy, City in Motion Dance Theater, Inc., Lead to Read, Spay & Neuter Kansas City and Youth Volunteer Corps.

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