According to the IRS in the US there are 1,238,201 organizations called 501(c)(3)s which are similar to our “registered charities”.  We often hear in Canada that we have too many registered charities at 85,300 – so how do you think the Americans feel!  In the US last year they approved 42,484 new 501(c)(3) organizations.

You can see table 24 and 25 for information on the US non-profit numbers at http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-soi/09databk.pdf