State Associations in the News

More nonprofits, less money to go around

October 18, 2014

Maine Association of NonprofitsThe issue is not new. Scott Schnapp, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, said he's familiar with the broader big-versus-little dynamic.

"You can look at it from this standpoint: Because of (Patrick Dempsey's) stature and the way that they've caught fire with this event, it's bringing new dollars to the community," Schnapp said. "It's probably also true that some resources from the community are shifting to some degree."

The big picture, he said: Maine has thousands of nonprofits and, of late, less money to go around.

Nonprofits are a powerful economic force in our region

October 10, 2014

CalNonprofitsThe nonprofit sector hires more people, holds more assets, and contributes more to our economy than most people realize. In fact, many don't even think in terms of the "nonprofit sector." We think about my church or my daughter's Girl Scout troop or my mother's nursing care facility or the local art museum or the local hospital. We usually fail to realize that 2,249 nonprofits on the Central Coast comprise this powerful sector, substantially impacting our lives every day.

The California Association of Nonprofits, a statewide policy alliance of 10,000 organizations recently completed their groundbreaking study in collaboration with The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego. After attending a presentation of their findings, I came away impressed by the size, scope and economic power of the nonprofit sector. Certainly, our state, our region, and our community benefit from this sector's overwhelming influence.

Capital charity: Helena has highest density of nonprofits among state's population centers

October 5, 2014

Montana Nonprofit AssociationAccording to the Montana Nonprofits Association, Helena has the highest density of registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits among the state’s seven population centers. The city boasts 15.49 nonprofits per 1,000 residents.

Why Helena?

Jim Lawrence, director of membership and resource development with the Montana Nonprofits Association, said that perhaps the Legislature is the reason. Proximity to the body of lawmakers allows nonprofits to advocate for their cause. Plus, Lawrence said, the Montana Nonprofits Association is in Helena.

Arizona charities see no drop-off in demand since recession

September 22, 2014

Alliance of Arizona NonprofitsNon-profits typically draw on a range of revenue sources, including donations and government funding.

While individual giving is up, that from corporations and government sources has become less certain. "Federal funding is, at best, dicey," said Patrick McWhortor of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, referring to U.S. budget pressures.

As the Economy Heats Up, Nonprofit CEOs See Pay Rise

September 21, 2014

New York Council of NonprofitsDoug Sauer, CEO of the New York Council of Nonprofits, says the rule doesn’t seem be having much impact on salaries but has been a boon for lawyers and accountants. (Governor Cuomo’s office didn’t return phone calls.)

"We’re seeing more hoops to jump through and administrative expenses going up," Mr. Sauer says. "But there’s nothing from the state that shows any outcomes. I think that’s why you’ve seen a lot of other states back off."

Charity Inc.: Inspiring rural nonprofits

September 3, 2014

Oklahoma Center for NonprofitsAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, rural areas of Oklahoma have a significantly higher poverty rate than urban areas. This indicates a need for strong nonprofits in those areas. With less access to funding and greater challenges, rural nonprofits are forced to do more with less.

Rural regions often have little organized philanthropy or access to other forms of investment to sustain transformative work. The funding gap is real and points to significant challenges for both rural nonprofits and private foundations that care about tackling poverty. There are no silver bullets, but there are some strategies and steps that can be implemented to increase support and hardiness of rural nonprofits.

A Huge Economic Impact But Who Knew?

August 27, 2014

CalNonprofitsJan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits asserts that something important is happening that is not obvious. In fact, she says, "It is hidden in plain sight." In her attempts to stir up public opinion, Masaoka could be today's Christopher Columbus shouting, "The earth is not flat." Nonprofits are making a huge impact in today's economy, but who knew?

CalNonprofits commissioned a study to find out exactly what economic impact the nonprofits have on California's economy. The research was conducted by a team of researchers under the direction of Dr. Laura Deitrick at The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego. Over 72,000 nonprofits were studied between Winter 2013 and March 2014. This month, the results were presented at a conference in Los Angeles and published in "Causes Count: The Economic Power of California's Nonprofit Sector."

The report shows the unexpectedly strong economic power of the nonprofit sector. According to Jan Masaoka, nonprofits drive the California economy but their influence is going unnoticed. She says, "Just as we need to understand the economic impact of tourism...we need to understand the significant role that nonprofits play in our state's economic landscape."

Summer, brought to you by nonprofit organizations

August 22, 2014

New Hampshire Center for NonprofitsIn the span of a half-hour, we pointed out six nonprofit landmarks that are pivotal to New Hampshire’s economy and quality of life.

Each organization supports our quality of life in New Hampshire, and their services are key pieces to the puzzle that makes our state so special.

And each provides a triple or quadruple bottom line to the community – generating revenue, employing workers and preserving valued assets while enriching our planet and lives.

This is only the tiniest tip of the iceberg.

Think of all the nonprofits that support a parent’s ability to work over the summer by providing quality child care, summer camps and community music and art programs. Not to mention the thousands of teenagers clearing trails in the White Mountains, mentoring younger children at the Boys and Girls Clubs and gaining confidence through scouting, outward bound adventures and 4H.

Look around your community this summer, note all the places and experiences you treasure and count on for your summer traditions and year-round quality of life.

When people think that nonprofits are “nice to have, but not necessary” I say – think again.

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