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Indiana Nonprofit Employment: Historical Trends in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, 1995-2009

November 1, 2012

Nonprofit organizations make significant contributions to the quality of life for the residents of Indiana. In particular, arts, entertainment, and recreation organizations play an important role in preserving culture, enriching the lives of children and adults, fostering creative expression, and providing sport and entertainment. These organizations may also serve as a powerful economic force for the state by attracting not only tourists, but also a young, educated workforce that can have a major positive impact on regional output and productivity. This report from the Indiana Nonprofits: Scope and Community Dimensions project presents new data on the size, composition, and distribution of paid arts, entertainment, and recreation employment in Indiana's private nonprofit sector over the 1995-2009 time period. All dollars are adjusted for inflation and are reported in constant 2009 dollars. Note that there are too few government employees in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry to allow for separate analysis of public sector employment.

Indiana Nonprofit Employment: Trends in Education, 1995-2009

May 30, 2012

Presents findings about nonprofit employment in colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, and junior colleges, including the rate of increase and share among nonprofit industries, organization size, payroll, and average annual wages.

Indiana Nonprofit Employment: 2009 Update

August 15, 2011

Analyzes recent trends in the state's nonprofit employment, including proportion of overall employment; payroll growth, distribution, and wages by sector; nonprofit and for-profit wage gap; and proportion of nonprofit workers employed by charities.

Are Nonprofits Trustworthy?

February 28, 2009

Presents findings from a survey of Indiana residents on whether they trust nonprofits and charities to do what is right, compared with governments and corporations. Examines who trusts which institutions and how trust in one affects trust in the others.

Indiana Nonprofits: A Portrait of Religious Nonprofits and Secular Charities

June 1, 2006

Compares sources of revenue, staffing, volunteers, services, governance, financial management, information technology, and other criteria for Indiana faith-based organizations and secular charities. Includes recommendations for policymakers.