People would probably be surprised to know how many non-profit organizations operate in the state of Utah. On KVNU’s For the People program on Monday, Kate Rubalcava, CEO of Utah Non-profit Association, said there are about 9,600 non-profits across the state.
“Only about 6,700 of them are registered by the 1C3 organizations. According to our tax code here in the United States there are a couple dozen 501C categories and the most widely known category are 501C-3 non-profit charities and those are churches, foundations and then public charities,” according to Rubalcava.
She said in Cache County alone there are about 244 registered charities. Across the state, many are arts and culture-related. Other organizations are education-focused providing programs that work with youth and charter schools. In addition, there are health organizations, environmental and human service organizations such as food pantries and shelters.
“(At) the Utah Non-Profits Association, our mission is to unify strength and then elevate the non-profits in our state. We do that providing membership benefits. One of the biggest benefit that we offer to our members is the pooled health insurance plan. So that while health insurance costs across the country and in the state are increasing, our health insurance for our members is going down.”
Rubalcava said they also offer training for non-profit professionals and the organizations they run, or work for, so that they can be healthy and sustainable. For more information about non-profits in the state and the Utah Non-profit Association visit www.utahnonprofits.org.