A recent publication from the Ohio Attorney General shared information on the state of non-profits in Ohio. With the new online charitable registration system, the AG’s office has been able to gather and accumulate information to provide a “fiscal snapshot of the charitable community”.
Key data gathered for the 28,362 Ohio 501(c)(3) groups who filed includes aggregated information of:
A common concern for non-profits is whether their program expense ratio is reasonable. The program expense ratio is the program/mission-focused expenses compared to total expenses including program, fundraising and management. The information gathered for the program expense ratio showed a range of ratio levels:
The Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section indicated that they will be reviewing this information on both a micro and macro level to detect trends and possible patterns of fraud.