At their core, nonprofits are driven by a noble purpose and deliver essential services and resources our community, but they also help bridge gaps in government and private sector efforts. Their dedication to promoting the common good, empowering individuals, and fostering economic growth contributes significantly to the overall vitality and resilience of our local economy and society.
Moreover, nonprofits act as catalysts for community engagement and empowerment. They mobilize volunteers, advocates, and donors, fostering a culture of active citizenship and collective responsibility. Through volunteering and involvement, community members can directly contribute to causes they are passionate about, this not only strengthens the sense of ownership and camaraderie but also generates a positive impact on the local economy.
Zebulon Miracle, Executive Director of United Way of Mesa County, highlights the importance of nonprofits in our communities stating that, “Nonprofit organizations are the backbone of strong communities. Nonprofits fill in the gap between public and private services and have a wide-ranging impact from health and human services to arts and culture to environmental and political causes. Strong nonprofits not only improve everyday life for every resident in a community, they are also vital to the economy. In western Colorado, nonprofits are responsible for 21,000 jobs and have an economic spending of $2.2 billion.”
Economically, nonprofits stimulate local economic growth and stability and move our community forward. Throughout the Grand Valley, nonprofits create jobs in various sectors, ranging from social work and education to fundraising and administrative roles. Additionally, the money spent by nonprofit organizations on goods and services contributes to the overall circulation of funds in the local economy. Their presence can attract businesses and individuals seeking to support and collaborate with organizations that align with their values, further enhancing our economic landscape.
Nonprofits are an indispensable and dynamic force that enriches the fabric of our community. Their dedication to promoting the common good, empowering individuals, and fostering economic growth contributes significantly to the overall vitality and resilience of our local economy and society.