State Profile – Indiana

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About This Profile

Across the United States, the charitable sector generates incredible impact on both communities and economies. This profile is a snapshot of major statistics about Indiana’s charitable community. It’s designed to give you a broad sense of the scale and diversity of nonprofits, foundations, and charities across the state. A downloadable PDF version is available above.

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Employment by Nonprofit Service Area

Indiana’s charitable community employs individuals committed to the common good across a diverse range of organization types.

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Number of Indiana Nonprofit Organizations

  • All nonprofit organizations: 32,993
  • 501(c)(3) Public Charities (includes some religious organizations): 21,159
  • 501(c)(3) Private and Public Foundations: 1,305
  • Other 501(c) Nonprofit Organizations*: 10,529

* includes civic leagues, chamber of commerce, veterans organizations, etc

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Economic Impact of the Indiana Nonprofit Sector

  • Employs 259,774 people — 10% of the state’s workforce
  • Has $45.7 billion in annual revenues
  • Holds assets of over $116.3 billion
  • Indiana foundations annually give $1.48 billion
  • Hoosiers give $2.97 billion to charity each year, representing 3.34 percent of household income

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Public Charities and Foundations Benefit Indiana Communities

Deliver vital community services
From its founding in 1990,the Sycamore Land Trust has protected more than 9,777
protected acres as of April 2019. Sycamore also operates an Environmental Education
program that connects people of all ages to nature, including more than 6,000 people in
2018.

Give voice to the people they serve
The world’s first school of philanthropy was established in Indiana’s very own capital city
in 2012: the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The school aims to
help graduates maximize their impact in societies both at home and abroad, and has
seen skyrocketing rates of enrollment since its opening. 93% of graduates seeking jobs
have been placed, including 100% of bachelor’s degree graduates.

Contribute to vibrant communities
As the largest arts institution in the tri-state area, the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra
partners with other performing arts groups in the area to put on both professional and
youth concerts each year. Dedicated to community enrichment, EPO offers school-based and personalized music instruction as well as concerts geared towards children.

Advance solutions for challenges facing society
In response to the devastating global pandemic, Indiana United Ways distributed more
than $17 million in 2020 from its COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative fund toward food,
shelter, childcare, nonprofit infrastructure maintenance, and other critical local needs.

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Sources

Note: The “nonprofit sector” encompasses organizations that are defined as tax-exempt under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. This includes both public charities and private foundations [501(c)(3)] and other nonprofits such as civic league organizations [501(c)(4)]. Exceptions are noted when relevant.

Best estimates based on available data.
Number of nonprofit employees
The 2019 nonprofit employment report, Lester M. Salamon and Chelsea L. Newhouse,
S. Wojciech Sokolowski, Nonprofit Employment Bulletin #47, Johns Hopkins Center for
Civil Society Studies, 2019 {Data is 2016, page 3}
http://ccss.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2019/01/2019-NP-EmploymentReport_FINAL_1.8.2019.pdf

Number of Nonprofits
Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, State Summary reports
http://www.nccs.urban.org/statistics/profiles.cfm {Data are 2013}

Employment by Nonprofit Service Area
Indiana Nonprofit Employment: 2009 Update (2011), by Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Kellie L.
McGiverin-Bohan, Jacob Knight, Katherine Novakoski, and Virginia Simpson with Kristen
Dmytryk and Jason Simons. (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University School of Public and
Environmental Affairs, August, 2011.http://ccss.jhu.edu/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/NED_Bulletin_IN_2011.pdf
{Data are 2009}

Asset and Revenues
Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, “Registered Nonprofit
Organizations by State (BMF 12/2015)”
http://nccsweb.urban.org/tablewiz/bmf.php {Data are 2015}

Foundation Giving
The Foundation Center, FC Stats: “Foundation Stats: Total Grantmaking Foundations”
{Data are 2015} http://data.foundationcenter.org/#/foundations/all/state:IN/total/list/2015

Individual Giving
How America Gives, 2014. The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
https://philanthropy.com/interactives/how-america-gives {Data are 2012}

Nonprofit Examples:
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra: https://evansvillephilharmonic.org/education/

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy:
https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/doc/about/annual-report17-18.pdf

Sycamore Land Trust: https://sycamorelandtrust.org/wpcontent/uploads/2019/04/Sycamore-Land-Trust-2018-Impact-Report.pdf

Indiana Association of United Ways: https://iuw.org/2020-annual-report/
As of Summer 2021

 

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