Nonprofits growing faster in California than other states

Nonprofits growing faster in California than other states

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Last fall, the California Association of Nonprofits released a report detailing the economic impact of community-based organizations across the state. It found that nonprofits had a combined economic output of $260 billion in direct goods, services and indirect financial impact — or 15 percent of California’s total gross state product of $1.7 trillion.

Such statistics are commonplace in the business sector, and often are used by the private sector to promote its interests in Congress and statehouses.

“Often, when legislators are thinking of passing a bill, they ask, ‘What does business think?’ We want them to also think of how does this affect nonprofits,” said Kristen Wolslegal, a project manager for CAN.

Wolslegal said that unlike businesses, nonprofits are on a mission to serve their communities rather than to earn a profit. Revenues generated by the organization are not sent to shareholders but put back into it to support services and programs, she said.

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Santa Rosa Press Democrat
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