What should we be aware of? Well for starters, there are more than 10,300 501(c)(3) nonprofits in North Carolina. Those nonprofits provide nearly 10% of all jobs in the state—two times the number of jobs that the finance, insurance, and real estate industries provide, combined! Nonprofits contribute $33 billion to the NC state economy, and over 1.7 million volunteers help them deliver services. For more on North Carolina nonprofits, check out this fact sheet. Likewise, Alabama is home to over 21,000 501(c)(3) nonprofits that employ 126,000 people and generated $12.4 billion in revenue last year.
Beyond the cold hard facts, nonprofits across the country work to educate our children, feed the hungry, maintain parks and public spaces, build homes, and serve our communities every day. Nonprofit Awareness Month seeks to create a better understanding about the value, importance, and impact of the nonprofit sector.
So even if you aren’t in Alabama or North Carolina, you can still celebrate Nonprofit Awareness Month at your organization and in your community. Learn more about how to spread the word using tips from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits.