According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nonprofit workers make up 11.7 percent of private sector workers. The proportion of nonprofit workers who work full time is 76.4 percent, statistically no different than the proportion of for-profit workers who work full time (73.3 percent).11 The proportion of union workers is also statistically equivalent across nonprofit status: 8.6 percent of nonprofits and 8.9 percent of for-profits.
According to BLS, the most common type of nonprofit is section 501(c)(3), with more than 2 out of every 3 nonprofits falling into this category. This classification includes establishments engaged in charitable, educational, literary, animal welfare, child welfare, public safety, religious, or scientific pursuits. The new BLS research data are restricted to this class of nonprofits in the private sector.
Common non-profits include: Universities, Hospitals, Charitable organinzations, and Churches.