Have you ever heard this? Probably not if you’re reading this, but I’ve heard it too many times.
It seems a lot of people don’t really know where nonprofit money comes from. They figure that the government and corporations will “take care” of nonprofits and while that may be true in some places, it’s not in the US. The sad fact is that this is pretty far from the truth.
The Government which is included in Foundation giving numbers contributes about 14% of the roughly $300B given to nonprofits yearly and Corporations give about 5%. That means that individual givers (like you and me) make up over 80% of all giving in the United States.
Now giving doesn’t always mean cash out of your pocket, although that does help the most. You can always volunteer or give in-kind gifts (donations of products, goods or services). You can even support your community while conducting business as normal with a For-Benefit business that gives a significant percentage of revenues back to the community.
The most important thing you can do though is to find your passion, whether it’s in education, housing, healthcare, animal welfare or another area. Take an interest and be involved in your community. While we hope that none of us ever needs any of the services nonprofits can provide, it’s nice to know that they’re out there continuing to help our community and making it a great place to live.