State Associations in the News

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.

Alabama Association of Nonprofits names CEO

August 12, 2014

Alabama Association of NonprofitsThe Alabama Association of Nonprofits has named a new chief executive officer to succeed Billy Baxter, who retired in June for health reasons.

Shannon Ammons took the CEO position on Aug 4., following a unanimous vote by the board of directors, according to the organization’s chairman of the board, Johnnie Aycock.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have a leader of Shannon’s caliber and experience join us at AAN in this leadership capacity,” said Aycock. “Our goal was to employ a top-notch, experienced and committed professional that truly understands the critical role of nonprofits in Alabama, and we are delighted that goal has been achieved.

Setting up a nonprofit organization requires passion, patience

August 11, 2014

Mississippi Center for NonprofitsJeffery Duplessis has a passion for nonprofits. After spending some 20 years in the media, he is now communications and training coordinator at the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits in Jackson helping others launch their charitable concerns.

He said he finds his work immensely rewarding, but has seen too many individuals who have started working toward opening a nonprofit only to stumble. Duplessis’ advice to others looking to establish a non-profit organization is simple — stay true to the cause and be prepared to see the process through to the end.

“I can’t tell you how many people have called me over the years and said they need a job and want to start a nonprofit,” Duplessis said. “That is not the right way to begin. You have to be passionate about your cause — to make a difference in your community. You are going to have challenges. If you are not committed, those challenges can become brick walls. You have to be passionate, persistent and patient.”

Nonprofits Generate 15 Percent of California’s State GDP, Study Finds

August 7, 2014

CalNonprofitsThe nonprofit sector is the fourth-largest industry in California and accounts for 15 percent of the economic activity in the state, a report from the California Association of Nonprofits finds.

"While sometimes portrayed as too small to matter, this report shows that California's nonprofit sector is too big to overlook," CalNonprofits CEO Jan Masaoka told California Newswire. "Not only do our state's nonprofits uniquely represent the dreams and visions of California’s varied communities, but they are robust with human and financial capital."

Report: California nonprofits generate $260 billion annually, employ 1 million

August 6, 2014

CalNonprofitsA study commissioned by a group representing California nonprofit groups says the organizations employ 1 million people and generate $260 billion in economic activity annually.

The report, entitled “Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector,” was commissioned by the San Francisco-based California Association of Nonprofits, a statewide alliance of more than 10,000 organizations.

Other key findings from the report: California nonprofits generate $208 billion in annual revenue, rank as the state’s fourth-largest industry based on employment and receive nearly $2 billion in grants annually from California foundations.

Study shows nonprofits have huge impact on local economy

June 28, 2014

Montana Nonprofit AssociationBozeman itself is one of the largest markets for nonprofits, according to a 2013 report from the Montana Nonprofit Association. It has 170 wage-paying nonprofits that pay out more than $111 million in wages each year, which underscores the impact that nonprofits have on the state economy, said Liz Moore, executive director for the MNA. Overall, nonprofits in Montana pay $1.5 billion in [wages] each year while employing almost 11 percent of the workforce in the state, she said.

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