About NCCS

Better data means deeper insight into the health of the sector and more opportunities to advance evidence-based philanthropy.

Our Mission

The National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) is a distinguished research and data resource institution dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of the nonprofit and charitable sector that operates at the intersection of data, research, and philanthropy.

Established as part of the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, NCCS plays a pivotal role in providing comprehensive and meticulously curated data, timely research, and empirical analysis pertaining to charitable and nonprofit organizations operating across diverse fields and missions.

We strive for excellence in the following areas:

Data Accessibility

NCCS exemplifies a commitment to transparency and public access by making all data and research findings free to scholars, policymakers, philanthropists, nonprofit practitioners, and the broader public. This commitment fosters informed decision making, fosters accountability, and facilitates a better understanding of nonprofit activities.

Impactful Insights

By providing a rich tapestry of historical and contemporary data, we empower stakeholders to gain valuable insights into nonprofit financial health, governance structures, programmatic endeavors, and overall sector trends. These insights play a vital role in shaping public policy, philanthropic strategies, and the practices of nonprofit organizations.

Data Quality

We serve as the foremost authority for the collection, organization, and dissemination of critical data related to nonprofit entities. We use Urban's robust data infrastructure and collaboration with regulatory agencies like the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Nonprofit Open Data Collective to provide high-quality financial, operational, and governance information on a wide spectrum of nonprofits.

Research Excellence

We are committed to fostering evidence-based research and supporting a wide array of research initiatives aimed at shedding light on the nonprofit sector's dynamics, challenges, and impact. Through our research we endeavor to deepen our understanding of the role nonprofits play in addressing pressing community, economic, and civil society challenges.

Resource Hub

Beyond providing data, NCCS serves as a central hub for information, resources, and tools designed to support nonprofit organizations in their operations, compliance, and reporting requirements. It fosters capacity-building within the sector by offering expertise, guidance, and assistance.

Building a Collaborative Network

We actively engage with a diverse network of partners that includes academics, think tanks, government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Collaboration is fundamental to our mission if we are to remain responsive to the evolving needs of the sector.

We remain dedicated to providing accurate, comprehensive, and accessible information that empowers stakeholders to make informed decisions and advances the collective understanding of the nonprofit sector's vital contributions to society.

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Olivia Beck

Data Science Intern / PhD Candidate

Penn State

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Jesse Lecy

Associate Professor, Data Scientist

ASU / Urban Institute

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Hannah Martin

Policy Analyst

Urban Institute / CNP

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Thiyaghessan Poongundranar

Data Scientist

Urban Institute / CNP

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Laura Tomasko

Senior Policy Program Manager

Urban Institute

Advisory Committee
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Elizabeth Boris

Institute Fellow

Urban Institute

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Jessica Kelly

Senior Director, Research and Web Technology

Urban Institute

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Sybil Mendonca

Director, Data and Analysis

Urban Institute

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Eugene Steuerle

Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair

Tax Policy center

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Alena Stern

Associate Director of Data Science

Urban Institute

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Tené Traylor

CNP Director

Urban Institute

Recent Collaborators
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Chris Davis

Data Scientist

Urban Institute

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Teresa Derrick-Mills

Principal Research Associate

Urban Institute / LHP

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Mirae Kim

Associate Professor; Director, Master of Public Administration Program

George Mason University

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Lewis Faulk

Associate Professor

American University

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Teresa Harrison


Drexel University

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Cindy Lott

Clinical Professor of Philanthropic Studies

Indiana University

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Margaret Post

Research Associate Professor

Clark University

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Calton Pu

John P. Imlay, Jr. Chair in Software

Georgia Tech

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Mary Shelly

Reference Law Librarian

UPenn Law

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George Mitchell

Associate Professor

Baruch College

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Mykelle Richburg

Policy Analyst

Urban Institute