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Indiana Nonprofits

Scope and Community Dimensions
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To develop solid information on nonprofits in the Indianapolis 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 Indianapolis area data in our separate series of reports on Indiana nonprofit employment.

In-Depth Analysis of Indianapolis Region Nonprofits

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

Comprehensive Profile of Nonprofits in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Region

Read our special survey report on Indianapolis Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions (Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #5). This report is based on our survey of Indiana nonprofits completed in 2002 and compares the profile of Indianapolis nonprofits to those in the rest of the state and to nonprofits in other metropolitan regions.

Comprehensive Listing of Nonprofits in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Region

The Indianapolis metropolitan community includes Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties. For our most recent listing of nonprofits in the Indianapolis region, please see information and links available at our Searchable Database.

Supplementary demographic and economic data on the Indianapolis region 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 the county of interest).
  • 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 the county of interest).
  • Data Place: maps and charts with a variety of county level housing-related data (click on "build maps" and then type the county 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).

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. 

Based on these sources, in 2001 (when the nonprofit listings were developed) the Indianapolis region had a total of 16,395 nonprofit organizations or about 102 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
Indianapolis 791,926 9,820 124.0
Boone County 46,107 610 132.3
Hamilton County 182,740 1,497 81.9
Hancock County 55,391 730 96.6
Hendricks County 104,093 303 70.1
Johnson County 115,209 909 78.9
Madison County 133,358 1,121 84.1
Marion County 860,454 10,106 117.4
Morgan County 66,689 536 80.4
Shelby County 43,445 351 80.8
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Indianapolis Metro Area 1,607,486 16,395 102.0
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.

Indianapolis  Community
Nonprofit Field MSA Total
Count of
MSA* Indianapolis* Boone
I: Arts, Culture, Humanities 652 4.1 5.0 5.6 3.7 3.4
II: Education 2,009 12.5 17.8 13.7 8.8 7.8
III: Environment/
260 1.6 1.6 3.9 1.9 2.7
IV: Health 623 3.9 5.5 2.6 2.6 2.2
V: Human Services 3,747 23.3 26.7 36.9 22.4 21.7
VI: International 96 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.7
VII: Public Societal Benefit 3,550 22.1 28.4 27.1 19.4 22.6
VIII: Religion 3,794 23.6 26.7 27.3 16.3 24.4
IX: Mutual Benefit/
1,092 6.8 6.7 11.9 3.8 8.5
X: Unknown 572 3.6 5.1 2.8 2.6 2.7
Total 16,395 102.0 124.0 132.3 81.9 96.6
Nonprofit Field Hendricks
I: Arts, Culture, Humanities 3.2 3.2 2.8 4.7 1.8 3.7
II: Education 7.0 8.9 5.7 16.7 5.2 5.1
III: Environment/
1.2 0.9 1.3 1.5 2.2 0.7
IV: Health 1.3 1.7 3.2 5.2 2.1 2.5
V: Human Services 18.7 20.7 17.5 25.3 20.1 15.4
VI: International 0.4 0.1 0.8 0.7 0.4 0.9
VII: Public Societal Benefit 11.6 14.6 14.3 26.8 14.1 16.1
VIII: Religion 18.8 20.6 26.8 25.3 24.7 23.7
IX: Mutual Benefit/
6.1 5.8 9.5 6.5 8.1 11.7
X: Unknown 1.6 2.4 2.0 4.8 1.5 0.9
Total 70.1 78.9 84.1 117.4 80.4 80.8
Source: Indiana Nonprofits Project Database. Date: 02/15/02
*Number of organizations per 10,000 residents to allow for easier comparisons across communities.