South Bend

To develop solid information on nonprofits in the South Bend 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 South Bend area data in our separate series of reports on Indiana nonprofit employment.

In-Depth Analysis of South Bend Region Nonprofits

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

Comprehensive Profile of Nonprofits in the South Bend Metropolitan Region

Read our special survey report on South Bend Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions (Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #4). This report is based on our survey of Indiana nonprofits completed in 2002 and compares the profile of South Bend nonprofits to those in the rest of the state and to nonprofits in other metropolitan regions.

Comprehensive Listing of Nonprofits in the South Bend Metropolitan Region

The South Bend community includes St. Joseph County. For our most recent listing of nonprofits in the South Bend region, please see information and links available at our Searchable Database.

Supplementary demographic and economic data on the South Bend 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 South Bend region had a total of 2,449 nonprofit organizations or about 111.9 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
South Bend 107,789 1,557 144.4
St. Joseph County 265,559 2,449 92.2
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Muncie Metro Area 265,559 2,449 92.2
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.

South Bend  Community*
Nonprofit Field MSA Total Count
of Organizations 
MSA* South Bend* St. Joseph
I: Arts, Culture, Humanities 125 4.7 7.6 4.7
II: Education 269 10.1 13.5 10.1
III: Environment/Animals 41 1.5 1.6 1.5
IV: Health 139 5.2 9.6 5.2
V: Human Services 601 22.6 35.1 22.6
VI: International 11 0.4 0.6 0.4
VII: Public Societal Benefit 475 17.9 29.5 17.9
VIII: Religion 546 20.6 32.1 20.6
IX: Mutual Benefit/Membership 187 7.0 11.8 7.0
X: Unknown 55 2.1 3.2 2.1
Total 2,449 92.2 144.4 92.2
Source: Indiana Nonprofits Project Database. Date: 02/15/02
*Number of organizations per 10,000 residents to allow for easier comparisons across communities.