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2002 Indiana Nonprofit Survey

The survey of Indiana Nonprofits, completed in 2002, has been a joint effort by the Center on Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. It is designed to develop solid information on a broad array of topics about the more than 60,000 nonprofits of all types in the state of Indiana - charities, congregations, advocacy nonprofits and membership associations. This effort also served as the baseline for our Nonprofit Capacity Assessment survey.

To review the topics covered in the survey or to view the full survey instrument, please click here.

A broad-based Survey Advisory Board is working with the project team to create linkages to related or complementary efforts, identify key policy implications of the survey findings, and ensure effective dissemination of results as they become available. There are local advisory boards in several of the participating communities as well.

Statewide reports

For a look at our findings about Indiana nonprofits, see the executive summaries and papers listed below.

Regional reports

For a look at the profile of nonprofits in selected communities across the state, see the reports listed below. Using key findings from the Nonprofit Survey Reports #2 through #5 above, these reports compare nonprofits in the particular community to (1) nonprofits elsewhere in the state, and to (2) nonprofits in selected other metropolitan regions (or selected other non-metropolitan counties, as appropriate). Note, you will need a free copy of Adobe Reader to open these reports.

  • Scott Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #12, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Abigail Powell and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • Miami Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #11, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Kerry S. Brock and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • Dubois Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #10, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Abigail Powell and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • Cass Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #9, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Andrea Lewis and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • Bartholomew Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #8, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Kerry S. Brock and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • South Bend Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #7, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Kerry S. Brock and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • Fort Wayne Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #6, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Abigail Powell, Andrea Lewis and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • Indianapolis Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #5, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, November 2006
  • Evansville Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #4, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Curtis Child and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, June 2006 (revised November 2006)
  • Muncie Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #3, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, June 2006
  • Northwest Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #2, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg and Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, February, 2006
  • Bloomington Nonprofits: Scope and Dimensions, Nonprofit Survey Series, Community Report #1, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg and Curtis Child, Patricia Borntrager Tennen. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, December, 2005

Information in These Reports

  • Highlights the many important ways in which Indiana nonprofits contribute to the state and local communities
  • Lays the foundation for more effective collaboration among congregations, charities, civic organizations, and other types of membership associations
  • Establishes benchmarks for a variety of nonprofit management and organizational practices
  • Documents major nonprofit strengths and challenges and how those compare among key nonprofit fields of activity
  • Helps state and local leaders determine how best to support and strengthen Indiana nonprofits. Highlights regional differences and similarities among nonprofits located in different communities across the state

The survey was designed to gather information about Indiana nonprofits that would allow for comparisons to a survey conducted for the Donors Forum of Chicago on Illinois charities, congregations, and advocacy nonprofits (excluding membership associations), using an almost identical survey instrument. For more information, please see Illinois Nonprofits: A Profile of Charities and Advocacy Organizations, by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg and Curtis Child. (Chicago, IL: Donors Forum of Chicago, December 2003).

If you have questions about the survey, please contact the project director, Professor Kirsten Grønbjerg.

If your nonprofit organization is one of the more than 2,200 Indiana nonprofits that have responded to the survey, we are very grateful for your participation and we THANK YOU for taking the time to do so. As promised, we have selected at random eleven nonprofit organizations that responded to the survey (roughly one per 200 respondents) to receive a $75 donation in appreciation for their participation in the survey.