To develop solid information on nonprofits in the Bloomington/Monroe County metropolitan area we included a special sample of nonprofits from the region in our 2002 survey of Indiana nonprofits along with similar samples from the eleven other communities profiled in the project and drawn from our comprehensive listing of Indiana nonprofits (see below). Most of our full survey reports include regional data in appendix tables. We have also presented some Bloomington area data in our separate series of reports on Indiana nonprofit employment.

In-Depth Analysis of Bloomington Area Nonprofits

We have prepared several in-depth reports and resources on Bloomington area nonprofits based on a variety of data sources.

Comprehensive Profile of Nonprofits in the Bloomington Metropolitan Region

Read our special survey report on Bloomington Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions (Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #1). This report is based on our survey of Indiana nonprofits completed in 2002 and compares the profile of Bloomington nonprofits to those in the rest of the state and to nonprofits in other metropolitan regions.

Nonprofit Employment in the Bloomington Economic Region

Read our analysis of the Bloomington Economic Region Nonprofit Employment: 2005 Report (Nonprofit Employment Report #2A). This report profiles trends in paid employment in the nonprofit sector in the Bloomington economic region (Monroe County plus continguous counties to the east, south, and west: Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Green, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, and Owen Counties) with comparisons to employment in the for-profit and government sectors for selected industries. See also our previous analysis of the Bloomington Metropolitan Region Nonprofit Employment: 2003 Report (Nonprofit Employment Report #1A).

Supplementary demographic and economic data on the Bloomington metropolitan community is available from the Indiana Business Research Center. Click on the following communities for detailed information:

There is a growing list of websites with complementary county-level information. These include the following:

  • Indiana Business Research Center: county overviews of demographic and economic information for the state of Indiana (select Monroe County).
  • Community Economic Toolbox: maps with county level economic indicators available from Amy Glasmeier of MIT (select the state of Indiana and then Monroe County).
  • Census Scope: maps and charts with county demograpic data (select a particular type of data, click on the state of Indiana and then "change location" at the lower left corner to select Monroe County).
  • Data Place: maps and charts with a variety of county level housing-related data (click on "build maps" and then type in Monroe in the search field at the top).
  • Lewis Mumford Center at the University at Albany: maps showing the distribution of census-related data by county (select a variable of interest in the upper left corner and then click on Indiana to see distribution across counties).

Comprehensive Listing of Nonprofits in the Bloomington Metropolitan Region

The Bloomington metropolitan area includes Monroe County. For our most recent listing of nonprofits in the Bloomington region, please see information and links available at our Searchable Database.

The data presented in the tables below are based on our comprehensive listing of nonprofits developed in 2001 and 2002 from project sources. These included the IRS list of tax exempt entities, the Indiana Secretary of State list of nonprofit incorporations, phone listings of congregations, supplementary listings, and personal affiliation survey data. However, we were unable to consult supplementary local community listings for Monroe County, so the analysis presented here is not directly comparable to those for the remaining eleven communities.

Based on these sources, in 2001 (when the nonprofit listings were developed) the Bloomington region had a total of 1,082 nonprofit organizations or about 108.2 per 10,000 residents (some may be defunct or otherwise inappropriately included). We report the density of nonprofit organizations (per 10,000 residents) in 2001 for each area to allow comparisons of nonprofits across regions.

Location Population Total Count of
Bloomington 69,291 980 141.4
Monroe County 120,563 1,082 89.7
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Bloomington Metro Area 120,563 1,082 89.7
Source: Indiana Nonprofits Project Database. Date: 02/15/02

*Number of organizations per 10,000 residents to allow for easier comparisons across communities.

Classifying nonprofits into major categories further enhances our understanding of the local nonprofit sector. Using the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) classification system, the project staff has tentatively classified local nonprofits to show the composition of the region's nonprofit sector by major nonprofit field and by geographic area. The classification was based primarily on the names of the organizations and is known to be inaccurate, so the profile information below should be interpreted with caution.

Nonprofit Field Research Area
Total Count
City Density* County Density* MSA Density*
I: Arts, Culture, Humanities 59 7.6 4.9 4.9
II: Education 216 30.3 17.9 17.9
III: Environment/Animals 23 2.9 1.9 1.9
IV: Health 26 3.6 2.2 2.2
V: Human Services 265 34.1 22.0 22.0
VI: International 8 0.9 0.7 0.7
VII: Public Societal Benefit 204 26.8 16.9 16.9
VIII: Religion 195 24.7 16.2 16.2
IX: Mutual Benefit/Membership 61 7.4 5.1 5.1
X: Unknown 25 3.2 2.1 2.1
Total 1,082 141.4 89.7 89.7
Source: Indiana Nonprofits Project Database. Date: 02/15/02
*Number of organizations per 10,000 residents to allow for easier comparisons across communities.