Monday, November 1, 2010

Nonprofits Matter

Nonprofits have become essential to our quality of life. These organizations continue to nurture our communities through assistance, education and culture. A nonprofit is a nongovernmental organization that functions for the public’s interest instead of for profit. Nonprofits use its revenue to achieve its mission. 

Last year Alabama’s nonprofit sector generated $12.4 billion in revenue. This revenue was used to serve the general public in various areas. Through funding nonprofits seek to enrich the community and the economy. Nonprofit organizations are a big economic contributor currently employing over 125,000 Alabamians. 

By working across various generations and cultures, nonprofits have established themselves as leaders in the community. Throughout each of our lives, we, as individuals, have benefited from the work of nonprofits. These organizations exist as an aid to the community and a medium for philanthropy. With the increasing rate of poverty, unemployment and the number of dependent people relying on aid and relief programs, the presence of non-profit organizations throughout the United States have become a vital part of society. 

Alabama’s nonprofits impact all issues and needs. About 51% of Alabama’s nonprofits focus on health care issues. Another 23% of the state’s nonprofits have a mission dedicated to community enrichment. GSNCA, along with over 5,000 volunteers, delivers an enriching experience that helps girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Last year GSNCA served over 14,000 girls within its corresponding 36 counties. 

Nonprofits are struggling to respond to the constant growth of public needs. The population growth, economic challenges and increase in social needs has driven the demand for nonprofits. As a community it is important that we continue to support the nonprofit sector of Alabama. Through continual donations and volunteering, Alabamians can strengthen its nonprofits while strengthening Alabama.

To learn more about Alabama’s nonprofits visit
By: Steven Coyle