This group includes nonprofit organizations whose programming centers around their collections, and which are educational and cultural resources for their communities. These organizations tend to be among the most capital intensive of nonprofits as they need facilities to house their collections – think of the land and buildings used by zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens, as well as libraries and museums. This indicator measures the number of collections-based organizations for every 100,000 county residents, as indicated by nine specific NTEE codes:

  • A50 Museum & Museum Activities
  • A51 Art Museums
  • A52 Children’s Museums
  • A54 History Museums
  • A56 Natural History, Natural Science Museums
  • A57 Science & Technology Museums
  • B70 Libraries
  • C41 Botanical Gardens and Arboreta
  • D50 Zoos and Aquariums

This indicator is data from fiscal year 2012 obtained from National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) Core Files.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,610. Average county indicator value = 6.34. Median county indicator value = 3.86.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).