San Diego nonprofits employ less than 10 percent of the regional workforce.

But the biggest ones serve some of the most important functions in our lives. Health care and education nonprofits – which include hospitals and colleges – employed two-thirds of local nonprofit employees as of 2013, according to University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research.

They include National University and Sharp Healthcare, which runs more than a half-dozen hospitals. Sharp alone employs more people than the city of San Diego and San Diego Gas & Electric combined, according to jobs numbers in the city’s latest financial report.

These nonprofits have massive budgets and often expansive real estate holdings but they’re not delivering the same tax payoff as many of their for-profit counterparts.

Nonprofits can bypass state and federal income taxes and some can apply to avoid property taxes, too. State records show most of San Diego nonprofits we’ve rounded up here have gotten permission to avoid at least some property tax assessments.

Here’s a rundown of 10 of San Diego County’s biggest nonprofit employers.

Scripps Health

Scripps’ health care system includes five hospital campuses, an outpatient care network, physicians’ offices and both clinical and genomic research functions.

Employee count: 11,836 full-time, 1,853 part-time and 1,076 temporary or per-diem workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $2.7 billion

Sharp Healthcare

Sharp runs seven hospitals including Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa, two medical groups and a health plan throughout San Diego County.

Employee count: 11,376 full-time, 2,570 part-time and 2,887 per-diem workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $1.2 billion for the health care system and $1 billion for Sharp Memorial Hospital

Rady Children’s Hospital

Rady operates a children’s hospital, four urgent care centers and works out of more than a dozen satellite locations.

Employee count: 3,145 full-time and 1,375 part-time or per-diem workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $818.6 million

Kaiser Foundation Hospitals

The group operates the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, 25 medical facilities and two clinics at Target stores, and offers services through a number of other contracts throughout the county. A second hospital, San Diego Central Hospital, is set to open in April 2017.

Kaiser Permanente also runs a separate nonprofit health plan. Another entity, Permanente Medical Group, provides patient care.

Employee count: 1,657 full-time, 746 part-time and 206 per-diem workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $20 billion. This total incorporates the hospital foundation’s work in multiple other metros across the nation.

University of San Diego

University of San Diego is a Catholic university in Linda Vista with about 8,250 students currently seeking undergraduate, graduate or law degrees.

Employee count: 1,583 full-time and 815 part-time workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $407.6 million

Goodwill Industries of San Diego County

Goodwill runs 25 retail stores, five bookstores and five employment centers. The money it makes from sales supports job-training programs and employment services.

Employee count: 970 full-time and 451 part-time workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $46.4 million

San Ysidro Health Center

The San Ysidro Health Center offers medical, dental and behavioral health care at 27 sites in San Diego County, particularly in the southern part of the county.

Employee count: 930 full-time and 143 part-time workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $95.4 million

YMCA of San Diego County

YMCA has 16 full-service fitness and community center facilities in San Diego County and runs a teen center, a skate park and after-school programs at other sites.

Employee count: 883 full-time and 4,029 part-time workers

Latest reported annual revenue: $157 million

National University

National University is an accredited, La Jolla-based university with 28 campuses and satellite locations, most of which are in California.

Employee count: 812 full-time and 2,911 part-time workers in San Diego County

Latest reported annual revenue: $241 million

The Arc of San Diego

The Arc of San Diego serves children and adults with disabilities at six sites throughout San Diego County, 12 residential group homes and at many other locations in the county.

Employee count: 648 full-time workers and 115 program participants with full-time jobs; 570 part-time workers, which includes both staff members and program participants employed by the agency

Latest reported annual revenue: $33.1 million

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