Nonprofits say they contribute $722M to Fort Wayne area economy

An IPFW student sits in a box of canned goods while sorting them at Associated Churches' warehouse in 2016 for the United Way of Allen County member organization's food pantries. Local nonprofits put out a report to show how their work contributes to the local economy. (News-Sentinel.com file photo)

An association of more than 50 nonprofit organizations says Allen County nonprofit, human-service organizations contribute more than $722 million to the local economy each year, according to research released Thursday.

The study by the Alliance for Human Services also shows that Allen County’s human-service organizations are a major local employer and investor, paying a total of $372 million in wages each year and holding more than $552 million in assets, according to a news release.

The research was funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the Foellinger Foundation and was conducted by True North NPO and the University of Saint Francis.

Key findings of the study:

– The 373 human service organizations contribute more than $722 million to Allen County’s gross regional product (GRP).

– The human service organizations generate over $405 million in annual revenue and hold $552 million in assets.

– Despite being exempt from corporate income tax, the human service nonprofits generated about $4.1 million in direct, indirect, and induced taxes at the county level in 2016.

– The 373 human service organizations are a major economic force in Allen County, directly employing 11,174 workers, which is almost 1 out of 20 paid workers in the county. These workers earned more than $382 million in wages in 2016.

– Combined, human-service organizations are the second largest employment sector in the county. Compared to other sectors in the County, the human service nonprofit sector ranks 6th in terms of aggregate employment wages.

– Among the 100 largest human service nonprofits in Allen County, program services and investment income account for more than 50 percent of total revenue. Contributions, gifts, and grants from philanthropists, foundations, and businesses account for 46 percent of Allen County’s human service nonprofit sector revenue.

The complete report is available for download from www.allianceforhumanservices.org.

Current members of the alliance are:

American Red Cross of NE Indiana

Amani Family Services


Cancer Services of NE Indiana

Catholic Charities

Community Transportation Network (CTN)

Early Childhood Alliance

Fort Wayne Center for Learning

Hear Care Connection

Lutheran Social Services

Mental Health America of NE Indiana

MLK Montessori School

Mustard Seed

Neighborhood Link Fort Wayne

Northeast Indiana Positive Resource Connection


The Literacy Alliance

The Rescue Mission


United Way of Allen County

The Volunteer Center



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