The 2011 Census of the Nonprofit Institutions gathers data on both the nonprofit institutions and their local units at the 31st of December 2011, the reference date of the census.
The Nonprofit Institutions are defined as “legal or social entities created for the purpose of producing goods and services, whose status does not permit them to be a source of income, profit, or other financial gain for the units that establish, control or finance them”.
The 2011 Census involves 474,765 nonprofit institutions within the pre-census list created by the National Institute of Statistics to integrate administrative archives and statistical sources.
Istat has created the pre-census list containing 474,765 nonprofit institutions through integrating administrative archives and statistical sources.
The survey analyses several characteristics of the nonprofit sector, particularly focused on NPIs organizational structure, sector of activities and provided services, networking, human and economic resources , type of users, communication tools and fundraising methods.