The 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.