Northwest Indiana

To develop solid information on nonprofits in the Northwest Indiana metropolitan area (including LaPorte County) 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 Northwest area data in our separate series of reports on Indiana nonprofit employment.

In-Depth Analysis of Northwest Region Nonprofits

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

Comprehensive Profile of Nonprofits in the Northwest Indiana Region

Read our special survey report on Northwest Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions (Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #2). This report is based on our survey of Indiana nonprofits completed in 2002 and compares the profile of Northwest area nonprofits to those in the rest of the state and to nonprofits in other metropolitan regions.

Nonprofit Employment in the Northwest Indiana Economic Region

Read our analysis of the Northwest Economic Region Nonprofit Employment: 2005 Report (Nonprofit Employment Report #2B). This report profiles trends in paid employment in the nonprofit sector in the Northwest economic region (Lake County plus continguous counties to the east and south: Jasper, Newton and Porter counties) with comparisons to employment in the for-profit and government sectors for selected industries.

Supplementary demographic and economic data on the Northwest Indiana 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).

Comprehensive Listing of Nonprofits in the Northwest Indiana Region

The Northwest Indiana metropolitan region includes Lake and Porter Counties, and we include also LaPorte County. For our most recent listing of nonprofits in the Northwest 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. 

Based on these sources, in 2001 (when the nonprofit listings were developed) the Evansville region had a total of 2,800 nonprofit organizations or about 98.6 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
Gary 102,746 1,026 99.9
Lake County 484,564
4,238 87.5
LaPorte County* 110,106 938 85.2
Porter County 146,798 1,150 78.3
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Gary Metro Area 631,362 5,388 85.3
Total Research Area
Gary Metro Area and LaPorte County 741,468 6,326 85.3
Source: Indiana Nonprofits Project Database. Date: 02/15/02
*LaPorte County is not part of the Census-designated Metropolitan Statistical Area, but is combined with it for research purposes.

**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.

Northwest Indiana  Community*
Nonprofit Field Research Area
Total Count of
Gary** Lake
MSA** LaPorte
I: Arts, Culture, Humanities 261 3.5 1.8 3.4 4.0 3.6 3.3
II: Education 599 8.1 9.1 7.9 9.5 8.3 6.8
III: Environment/
125 1.7 0.3 1.4 2.0 1.6 2.3
IV: Health 290 3.9 3.1 4.1 3.9 4.1 3.1
V: Human Services 1,609 21.7 17.5 21.2 22.3 21.5 23.1
VI: International 26 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.4 0.3
VII: Public Societal Benefit 1,207 16.3 13.8 16.7 14.9 16.3 16.2
VIII: Religion 1,570 21.2 44.9 23.2 14.4 21.1 21.4
IX: Mutual Benefit/
488 6.6 5.7 7.1 4.2 6.4 7.4
X: Unknown 151 2.0 3.3 2.0 2.5 2.1 1.5
Total 6,326 85.3 99.9 87.5 78.3 85.3 85.2
Source: Indiana Nonprofits Project Database. Date: 02/15/02
*LaPorte County is not part of the Census-designated Metropolitan Statistical Area, but is combined with it for research purposes.
**Number of organizations per 10,000 residents to allow for easier comparisons across communities.