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There are approximately 495000 taxexemptnonprofit organizations in the United States excluding churches that may receive taxdeductible contributions Of those with incomes above 25000 roughly 55000 are classified as human service organizations and another 28000 are health related Hodgkinson and Weitzman 1996 The term nonprofits refers to these health and human service organizations The types of health and human services that nonprofit organizations provide include housing and residential care youth development recreation services to children and families employment assistance crime and delinquency prevention food and nutrition and substance abuse and addiction treatment Hodgkinson and Weitzman 1996 However many organizations are much more than just helping the sick and feeding the poor They help so many people in their time of needed some through programs and others through services in the committee There are so many different needs that people had not just the hungry and the sickThrough a vast network of volunteers and community agencies United Way throughout America help meet the health and human-care needs of million of people every day United Ways 110 year history is built on the proven effectiveness of local organizations helping people in their own communities The United Way system includes approximately 1400 community-based United Way organizations Each is independent separately incorporated and governed by local volunteers Through a single community-wide campaign United Way volunteers raise funds to support local agency service providers In total voluntary contributions to United Way support approximately 45000 agencies and chapters helping millions of people from all walks of life and income groups Apart from the government United Way supports the greatest variety of health and human services in the countryIn 1997-1998 United Way volunteers raised 34 billion Young Hollister and Hodgkinson 1998 Which was used for human services ranging from disaster relief emergency food and shelter and crisis intervention to day care physical rehabilitation and youth development That was 47 percent increase over the 32 billion amount raised in 1996 Because of the vast
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