Charity Inc.: Being proactive

Charity Inc.: Being proactive

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When it comes to nonprofit advocacy, we always say, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.” Last week, one of my staff members reminded me of a better quote from a former New York congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Just a couple of days ago, nonprofits gathered at the state Capitol for our annual advocacy day. We gather each year to remind our legislators of the size, scope and impact of the charitable sector.

Nationally, nonprofit organizations employ more than 10 percent of the American workforce, paying $634 billion in wages and contributing 5.4 percent to our GDP. Last year, we gave more than $373 billion to charities, and more than 70 percent of that money comes from individuals. In Oklahoma, there are 18,979 nonprofits that create $15.3 billion in revenue and hold $48.8 billion in assets. In fact, Oklahomans gave more than $2.5 billion to nonprofits and provided another 94 million hours of volunteer service worth more than $2.6 billion.

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