A new study from Indiana University and IU Northwest shows the “significant impact” of northwest Indiana nonprofits on the economic development of the region. IU says the report provides nearly two decades of data on the impact of Indiana nonprofits.
Research conducted by the Indiana Nonprofits Project, a collaborative effort between the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, found that nonprofits employed 33,000 workers in northwest Indiana with a total payroll of $1.5 billion in 2019.
“This report confirms the vital role that nonprofits play in creating a more prosperous region and a better quality of life for all who live here,” said IU Northwest Chancellor Ken Iwama. “As an anchor institution for Northwest Indiana, the impact and success of regional nonprofits is very important to us.”
The report also found nonprofit employment trails employment in manufacturing and retail trade in the region. Nonprofit payroll falls behind only manufacturing.
“Community engagement is a cornerstone of the IU Northwest mission and we are eager to continue partnering with local nonprofits on community-based research and other collaborative opportunities to ensure that our region thrives,” added Iwama.
The report is part of a collection of new reports produced by the Indiana Nonprofits Project detailing the economic impact of nonprofits in four of Indiana’s economic growth regions.
You can connect to the full Northwest Indiana Nonprofit Economic Growth Region report by clicking here.