November is Idaho Nonprofit Awareness Month. It is a time to reflect on the quality of life in our beautiful valley. Our communities are enhanced by the environmental, cultural, recreational, health care and educational nonprofits, and the safety net provided by our more than 120 nonprofit organizations.
Nonprofits not only contribute to quality of life, but also to the economy. The Idaho Nonprofit Center commissioned an economic impact study last year. Idahoans have one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the nation. Some 400,000 Idahoans contribute an astonishing 60 million hours annually. Idaho’s nonprofit organizations bring $1.9 billion of federal and out-of-state revenues to Idaho. With 48,700 paid staff positions, if ranked as an industry, Idaho’s charitable organizations would be the fifth largest private employer in the state, paying wages of over $2.1 billion. Although tax-exempt, these employees pay taxes and firms that do business with nonprofits pay taxes. It is estimated this contribution is $175 million.
Nonprofits often advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Nonprofits innovate and are social change agents. Nonprofits are responsible stewards of charitable dollars to achieve a diverse range of missions and goals which enrich all of our lives.
As you recycle, go to a concert, see a mental-health provider, ride a bike path, hear a lecture and so much more, please consider contributing your time and dollars in support of the agencies that make all of this possible.
Think about our lifestyle and please take time to say thank you to the many nonprofit employees and organizations that work to sustain this quality of life for us all.
Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation
Wood River Valley