Research Results

Paper Abstracts
Abstracts and summaries of online reports, publications, and academic papers from the Indiana Nonprofit Sector Project. Topics include the characteristics and challenges of Indiana nonprofits, nonprofit employment, volunteering and individual engagement with nonprofits, and analysis of nonprofit databases and community variations in the density of nonprofits. See our list of project publications.

Indiana Nonprofit Employment
Our ongoing analysis of Indiana nonprofit employment is a joint effort by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University to document the significant role of Indiana nonprofits in the state's economy by providing detailed information on the size, composition, and distribution of paid employment in the private nonprofit sector in Indiana.

Local Government Officials Surveys
The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) periodically collects information on current issues affecting local governments in Indiana and/or services available to Indiana residents. Since 2010, these surveys have included questions on topics particular interest to Indiana nonprofits. A series of short briefings on selected topics are posted here.

Indiana Nonprofit Surveys
All publicly available sources of information about nonprofit organizations exclude large segments of the nonprofit sector and contain very limited information. We have therefore developed several major surveys to provide important benchmark information about the Indiana nonprofit sector and allow for a more indepth understanding of the important contributions Indiana nonprofits make to the state and local communities.

Special Topics
We have completed several smaller projects on special topics relevant to the Indiana nonprofit sector. This includes an analysis of the impact on Indiana nonprofits of changes to overtime pay requirements (effective December 1, 2016), a survey of the extent to which Indiana residents trust nonprofits more or less than other key institutions (October 2008), and a survey of the personal affiliation of Indiana residents with nonprofits (May 2001). The results and key findings of the surveys are posted here.

Nonprofit Composition
See our IRS Exempt Status Initiative report - an analysis of Indiana nonprofits that have had their tax-exempt status revoked by the IRS because of noncompliance with the Pension Projection Act of 2006. Also, view GIS maps of Indiana nonprofit organizations by type, NTEE category and total count of the organizations. Each link connects to maps by raw count and density.

Comprehensive Searchable Nonprofit Database
We have updated our comprehensive, searchable database of Indiana nonprofits using listings available from the Internal Revenue Service (tax exempt entities with Indiana reporting addresses), the Indiana Secretary of State (entities incorporated as nonprofits in the state of Indiana), and the yellow pages (religious congregations in Indiana).