This is a quiz. Multiple choice. What does the number 28,097 represent?
a) The number of Wilt Chamberlains "girlfriends"
b) The number of misleading statements made daily on Fox News
c) The number of text messages sent by Tiger Woods to his "girlfriends"
d) The number of flunkies trying to keep Rupert Murdock out of jail
e) The number of Charlie Sheen binges
f) The number of non-profits in the state of Colorado
Although A through E are not out of the realm of possibility, F is the correct answer. When I recently heard this number, I was stupefied. All I could think was "Who is paying for all of these 501(c)(3) corporations to carry out the business of not making a profit?" Indeed, in 2010, Colorado non-profits had revenue of $20,737,739,579 and assets of $51,091,327,497. The grand total for non-profits in all 50 states was $1,657,971,550,716 in revenue and $3,818,095,661,647 in assets! Holy moley - not making any money seems to be really good business. The breakdown for Colorado non-profits can be found here - all paid for by your taxes, insurance and charitable contributions. I just have to figure out a way to get in on this action.