1,238,201: Nonprofit charities and foundations in the U.S., as of 2009.

654,186: Nonprofit charities and foundations in 1996.

Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy/Internal Revenue Service


Protestant churches that participated in some way in a church plant in the past 12 months.


Protestant churches that served as the primary (financial) sponsor of a church plant.


Source: LifeWay Research

Church Life

6: More times per year that the average American woman attends church than the average American man.

10: More times per year that women attended church than men in 1972.

Source: Sociology of Religion


9,734: Enrollment at evangelical seminaries' satellite or extension campuses.

+28.1%: Change since 2000.

-11.7%: Change since 2007.

Association of Theological Schools/Christian Century


20%: Protestant churches that sent out long-term missionaries in the last 12 months.

50%: Protestant churches that conducted one or more short-term mission in the past 12 months.

Lifeway Research

Related Elsewhere:

See our earlier Go Figure postings from May 2010, April 2010, March 2010, February 2010, January 2010, December 2009, November 2009, October 2009, September 2009, August 2009, July 2009, June 2009, May 2009, April 2009, March 2009, and earlier issues.

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