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The nonprofit 100

The top Massachusetts-based nonprofits, ranked by public support.

How the list was assembled

RankName LocationPublic support (millions)Revenue (millions)Expenses (millions)Assets (millions)
1.Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge$968$2,091$1,348$5,452
2.President & Fellows of Harvard College Cambridge8362,8621,84517,599
3.Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund Boston5736703851,747
4.WGBH Educational Foundation Boston196226173269
5.Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Brookline144346282481
6.Trustees of Boston University Boston1371,0321,0061,152
7.Trustees of Tufts College Somerville137454374840
8.Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston112732777419
9.Boston College Trustees Chestnut Hill715094021,160
10.Wellesley College Wellesley622611521,039
11.Northeastern University Boston62369342949
12.Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Cambridge548958482
13.Smith College Northampton542411391,118
14.New England Medical Center Hospitals Boston53398387497
15.Pathfinder International Watertown50514856
16.United Way of Massachusetts Bay Boston46484863
17.Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston Boston445645228
18.Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester41154100397
19.Mount Holyoke College S. Hadley3811789500
20.Trustees of Phillips Academy Andover3311660604
21.Brandeis University Waltham33237202576
22.City Year Boston32322319
23.Boston Foundation Boston329539626
24.Museum of Fine Arts Boston31146105507
25.Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston318858283
26.Joslin Diabetes Center Boston316360104
27.Amherst College Trustees Amherst3017294908
28.Williams College Williamstown26175941,102
29.The Greater Boston Food Bank Boston2534347
30.Oxfam-America Boston23241923
31.Massachusetts General Hospital Boston216922569
32.Marine Biological Laboratory Falmouth19282469
33.Clark University Worcester188858267
34.Wheaton College Norton176751192
35.International Fund for Animal Welfare Yarmouth Port15181316
36.Schepens Eye Research Institute Boston15212060
37.Peabody Essex Museum Salem154812155
38.Springfield Library and Museums Assocation Springfield15181259
39.The American Ireland Fund Boston13161717
40.Groton School Corp.Groton134421258
41.New England Aquarium Corp.Boston13342485
42.Deerfield Academy Deerfield127128326
43.College of the Holy Cross Trustees Worcester1213699498
44.Babson College Wellesley12122106311
45.Massachusetts Audubon Society Lincoln122815164
46.Children ís Medical Center Corp.Boston125275908
47.Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation Brookline1011710
48.Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary South Hamilton10211466
49.Milton Academy Milton104035188
50.Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Springfield10121172
51.Museum of Science Boston94026143
52.Perkins School for the Blind Watertown95441148
53.Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Falmouth812688283
54.Greater Boston Legal Services Boston89911
55.Wheelock College Boston8272264
56.Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Boston83835108
57.Appalachian Mountain Club Boston8181432
58.Springfield College Springfield87471107
59.World Society for the Protection of Animals Boston8885
60.Belmont Hill School Belmont8181151
61.Commonwealth Zoological Corp.Boston7986
62.Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Boston7161624
63.Noble and Greenough School Dedham7231375
64.Boston Latin School Association Boston78319
65.St. Mark ís School of Southborough Southborough72312115
66.Earthwatch Expeditions Maynard7886
67.Allen-Chase Foundation Deerfield719969
68.Worcester Natural History Society Worcester79432
69.Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged Boston76462131
70.Northfield Mount Hermon School Northfield75638136
71.Middlesex School Concord72319119
72.Elderhostel Boston721220778
73.New England Foundation for the Arts Boston77412
74.Union of Concerned Scientists Cambridge7769
75.AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts Boston69104
76.Trustees of Hampshire College Amherst6393859
77.Scottish Rite Masonic Children ís Learning Centers Lexington67416
78.Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston612785
79.Young Men ís Christian Association of Greater Boston Boston6312847
80.United Way of Central Massachusetts Worcester6669
81.Hebrew College Brookline68516
82.St. Elizabeth ís Medical Center of Boston Boston6216223271
83.Roxbury Latin School Boston6235120
84.United Ways of Eastern New England Boston661113
85.Concord Academy Concord5151243
86.Proprietors of the Boston Athenaeum Boston523597
87.Students Against Driving Drunk Marlborough5652
88.Berkshire School Sheffield5191448
89.Worcester Art Museum Worcester513799
90.Suffolk University Boston510798243
91.ACCION International Somerville57715
92.Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston Boston57721
93.Foundation of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Boston5118102
94.Community United Way of Pioneer Valley Springfield5658
95.Bentley College Waltham5115106285
96.Fenway Community Health Center Boston511118
97.National Multiple Sclerosis Society Waltham5552
98.Trustees of Reservations Beverly5149123
99.Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Cambridge55411
100.Haymarket Peopleís Fund Boston55210





About the nonprofit 100

For this second annual list of the state's largest nonprofit organizations, the Globe relied on databases compiled by the National Center for Charitable Statistics in Washington, D.C., which collects its data from the Form 990 tax returns all nonprofits must file. The accounting firm Grant Thornton in Boston examined the raw data and advised the Globe.

We ranked the nonprofits based on the amount of ``public support'' they reported in their most recent tax returns (in most cases fiscal year 1999). Public support includes private donations and government grants and is the best indication of the level of charitable donations a nonprofit receives.

Many nonprofits report government contracts as government grants, thereby artificially inflating their level of public support. We excluded any nonprofit that did not report at least $300,000 in fund-raising expenses.

Public access to nonprofit financial data is improving slowly. In Massachusetts, the attorney general keeps a copy of every charity's Form 990, as well as state questionnaires every nonprofit must answer annually.

Those records are accessible only in person.

Guidestar, a service produced by Philanthropic Research Inc. of Williamsburg, Va., allows individuals to look up information on particular charities online and download copies of tax returns, at www.guidestar.org. For information on an entire state or sector of the nonprofit world, consult the National Center for Charitable Statistics at nccs.urban.org.

Bennie DiNardo