Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cali Brooks: Report Highlights Importance of Nonprofits

Visitors at the Wild Center. Courtesy Adirondack Foundation. The nonprofit sector is vital to the economic health of our communities.  A 2013 report, conducted by Adirondack Foundation and the Adirondack Nonprofit Network, showed that just 36 local nonprofits generated a $422 million annual economic impact to the region.

On Dec. 7, 2016, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released his “Profile of Nonprofit Organizations,” which reinforces the research we conducted three years ago. His findings show:

– New York nonprofits account for nearly 1.3 million jobs
– Those same nonprofits total more than 18 percent of private employment
– Wages paid by nonprofits total nearly $62 billion

DiNapoli noted that “nonprofits in New York state provide vital support to people who need a helping hand, a voice or services,” and “are making a difference in driving jobs and economic growth in our state.”

While some nonprofits rely on state and federal funding to carry out their missions, many of these organizations rely on private contributions. As you consider giving during the holiday season, remember that your gifts aren’t just helping people in need, the environment, or local arts and culture — they’re also making a direct impact on your local economy, driving job growth and in turn supporting local businesses.

I hope the Comptroller’s report, and others like it, will ensure that the nonprofit sector continues to have a seat at the table during discussions about regional economic development and other pressing community issues.

To learn more about the Comptroller’s report and the economic impact of nonprofits, click here.

Photo: Visitors at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

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Cali Brooks is president & CEO of Adirondack Foundation. After working with nonprofit organizations in Southeast Asia, Central America, and the United States, Cali returned home to the Adirondacks and worked for the HKH Foundation where she conducted a survey to assess the economic, social, cultural, and environmental strengths of the Adirondack region. She then joined the Public Affairs office of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and co-founded the Wildlife Conservation Society's Adirondack Communities and Conservation Program. She and her family live in and love the Adirondacks.

2 Responses

  1. Kara Page says:

    Really important points here for the Adirondacks and rest of the country, in fact. Good work Adirondack Foundation!!

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