501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organizations
Organizations exempt under IRS subsection 501(c)(4) generally fall into one of three broad categories:
There are no limits on the proportion of these organizations' funding that can be spent on lobbying, however,
contributions to them are not tax deductible.
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The Numbers (United States)
- The number of organizations registered with the IRS changed by -0 percent from 116,890 in 2002 to 83,226 in 2012.
- The number of organizations reporting to the IRS changed -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 26,364 in 2012.
- Total revenues for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to $88,967,305,060 in 2012.
- Total assets for reporting organizations changed by -1 percent from 0 in 2002 to 120,666,143,499 in 2012.
(Note: Financial data have not been adjusted for inflation.)
Organizations That File Annually with the IRS
These organizations must have at least $25,000 in gross receipts.
- By Type of Activity or Purpose (NTEE)
- By Size of Organization (Total Expenses, Total Revenue, or Assets)
- By Organization Age (The IRS's "ruling date.")
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