Cultural Organizations

Cultural Organizations Indicators:

Cultural & Ethnic Awareness Quantity Geographic Density Date Established

Cultural Organizations Overview

The vigor of the arts rests in many ways on the hundreds of nonprofit organizations that present and organize arts programs across myriad disciplines in the Houston community. In many arts disciplines (such as visual and performing arts, historical and museum organizations, and arts education), nonprofit status is the norm. Most are charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Determining the number of nonprofit cultural organizations can thus potentially indicate the extent of cultural participation by both Houston artists and the general public. More below…



The data on nonprofit cultural organizations presented in this report were obtained by analyzing National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) Core Files, which derive from the information submitted by nonprofits that file an IRS Form 990 or Form 990-N, from fiscal years 2000-2011. Form 990 filers represent fewer than half of all registered nonprofits, but constitute all nonprofit cultural organizations with gross revenues over $25,000. Only data from organizations classified by the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) in major group A, B70, C41, D50, and N52 have been used in this report’s indicators. NTEE codes are used by both the IRS and NCCS to classify nonprofit organizations, and the set of NTEE codes used to perform the indicators analysis is sourced from similar studies conducted previously by organizations such as the Urban Institute and Americans for the Arts.

For the purposes of this report, “Total Spending” is taken to mean the total expenditures for all arts and culture nonprofit organizations within a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) during a given fiscal year. Certain figures have then been converted to a per capita measure using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.