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In 2005, there were 600,000 charities, 400,000 religious congregations, and 600,000 non-charitable nonprofits. Remarkably, a million and a half groups, congregations, and organizations exist today to serve communities around the United States. These organizations are funded by the government and by private grants, fees for services, individual donors, and foundations. Some rely primarily on volunteers and volunteer boards of directors to further their goals, but many employ paid professionals from 20 Nonprofit Organizations a multitude of fields and backgrounds.

1710: Cotton Mather writes Bonifacius. 1730: Freemasons establish fi rst group in America. 1770s: First hospitals formed in Pennsylvania and Virginia. 1775–83: American War of Independence. 1787: The Federalist #10 is published, which asks whether it is better to control a faction through removing it or through controlling its effects. S. Constitution—the world’s longest surviving written charter of government— is adopted. 1791: Ratification of First Amendment to the Constitution; the ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights.

1917: The Revenue Act of 1917 allows taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions from their federal income tax. 1935: Charitable deductions are extended to corporations. S. central government. 1942: Federal withholding of income tax. 1973: Filer Commission, or the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs, conducts a comprehensive, multidisciplinary survey of the nation’s nonprofit sector and concludes that the nonprofit sector faced serious problems, including a shortage of pertinent research and no academic programs to prepare nonprofit leaders.

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