Research, Data, & Reports

Welborn Baptist Foundation's Greater Evansville Nonprofit Survey Report

Publication date: 
November, 2018
Welborn Baptist Foundation

The Welborn Baptist Foundation released the 2018 Greater Evansville Nonprofit Survey Report.  This benchmark study captures point-in-time information about the sector’s strengths, risks and opportunities and sets the stage to monitor changes in future surveys.

In early 2018, roughly 160 directors, administrators and board members of nonprofits across Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick Counties in Indiana and Henderson County, Kentucky participated in an online survey. 

While the survey confirms that nonprofits are important community assets, results suggest that their limited resources put them at risk of being unsustainable in the long term. Increased collaboration, diversified funding sources and more formalized processes provide a viable path forward. 

 “Evansville area nonprofits are hidden gems in our region,” says WBF Learning Officer, Elizabeth Tharp. “Not only for the billions of dollars they contribute in assets and revenue,” continues Tharp, “but also for the vital needs they meet in close to 40 counties in the Tri-State. They deserve our support.” 

Through this survey, the Foundation hopes to reveal opportunities for collaborative conversations, intentional capacity-building and meaningful support for impactful services.

”Nonprofits are vital to the people in our region. Through this survey, their voices can be heard by funders, donors, volunteers and others,” says Candice Perry, WBF Nonprofit Excellence Officer.  “We are issuing a strong call to action to consider how you can best provide support to the nonprofits you care about.”

This report highlights several topics including the impact of nonprofits on our local economy, collaborative efforts, funding sources, best practices and advocacy.

The full report can be found at

To learn more about WBF’s focus on Nonprofit Excellence, visit

About Welborn Baptist Foundation

The Welborn Baptist Foundation is a private foundation created in 1999 focused on Early Learning, Healthy Eating and Active Living, Christ-Centered Living, and Nonprofit Excellence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided nearly $60 million to nonprofits in Southwestern Indiana, Southeastern Illinois, and Western Kentucky.