Category Archives: Nonprofits

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High Desert Community Foundation

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By Lisa Lawrence

It is a privilege to join my colleagues and past Bradco High Desert Report article submitters Vici Nagel and Debbie A. Cannon, in discussing the current status and future outlook for nonprofit organizations in the High Desert region and the important connections with the business community.

So what are we facing? The National Council of Nonprofits says, “The top three trends for charitable nonprofits will continue to be: limited resourc­es, increased demands on nonprofits, stemming from increased needs in communities; and the growing aware­ness that every nonprofit and board member needs to be an active, vocal advocate for his/her nonprofit’s mis­sion.”

The national trend is magnified in our High Desert area. The issue of an un­derfunded Inland Empire region has been widely discussed over the past few years, particularly as it relates to foundation dollars coming into our area.… Read the full article

General Nonprofits

Are Nonprofits and Businesses Similar?

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By Debbie A. Cannon
VP/COO
Academy for Grassroots Organizations

At a recent Chamber of Commerce net­working event, I was introducing myself and my role at Academy for Grassroots Organizations when asked “How Are Nonprofits Like Small Businesses?”

Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, I was a small business owner, so I found this a very intriguing question. The net­working event did not provide adequate time to address this thought-provoking question, so I would like to attempt to in this article.

Let me begin by taking a moment to de­fine a nonprofit. The Free Online Dic­tionary defines a nonprofit as: “A cor­poration or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and with­out a profit motive.… Read the full article

General Nonprofits

Academy for Grassroots Organizations

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By Vici Nagel
President & CEO
Academy for Grassroots Organizations

The nonprofit sector plays an important role in San Bernardino County’s and the High Desert’s communities and economy. Not only do nonprofit organizations provide services that improve the well-being of local residents, they also support the local economy by offering job opportunities and purchasing goods and services from local businesses.

A new report from the San Bernardino County Capacity Building Consortium (Consortium), of which I am a member, outlines how nonprofits are a vital component of the local economy and represent a great deal of untapped potential. According to the Consortium’s study, in 2010 nonprofits secured $2.5 billion in out-of-county revenue … and spent it locally to create jobs and purchase goods and services.… Read the full article

General Nonprofits

Academy for Grassroots Organizations

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By Vici Nagel
President & CEO
Academy for Grassroots Organizations

As I have stated in previous columns in this publications, the nonprofit sector presents our region with huge opportunities for economic growth … and it is time for serious investment to help this sector embrace its role as a component of San Bernardino County’s economic engine.

First, let’s take a look at some facts and figures.

  • There are currently 1,563,596 tax-exempt (nonprofit) organizations in the United States: 5,600 in San Bernardino County.
  • In 2010, nonprofits accounted for 9.2% of all wages and salaries paid in the United States.
  • Nonprofits’ share of Gross Domestic Product was 5.5% in 2010.
  • In 2010, public charities reported over $1.51 trillion in total revenues and $1.45 trillion in total expenses.
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High Desert Resource Network

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By Vici Nagel, President/CEO
High Desert Resource Network

As we in San Bernardino County focus on the economy and how to turn it around locally, I urge us all to think about how nonprofit organizations can and do play a significant role in local economic activity … and what we can do to strengthen that role. “Nonprofits” present our county with huge opportunities for economic growth and it is time for serious investment in this sector!

First, a word about the term, “nonprofit.” I cannot think of any other industry who’s title tells you what it is not, rather than what it is! In my opinion, the term “nonprofit” should be replaced because it causes all sorts of misconceptions about the sector.… Read the full article

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Victor Valley Community Services Council

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By Midge M. Nicosia
Director of Programs Adminstration

The Victor Valley Community Services Council is the High Desert’s very first non-profit service agency. Established in 1956, the VVCSC began with the purpose of meeting the emerging needs of the community. The VVCSC is committed to “promote and sustain the quality of life for persons and organizations in the High Desert through education, collaboration of services and new program developments.”

In her book Pearl’s Story, the founder Pearl Barstow Pettis recalls the first project of the VVCSC was to number the houses in the Victor Valley so that the mail could be delivered. In a study financed by Southwest Portland Cement, the VVCSC started numbering with homes at the Cajon Pass continuing throughout the valley, which “made life easier for a lot of people” as well as emergency vehicles.… Read the full article

General Nonprofits

The Profit of Nonprofit

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By Vici Nagel, President/CEO
High Desert Resource Network

So why an article about nonprofit organizations in a publication designed to examine the economy of our region? Sure they help people, but aren’t nonprofits just small groups of volunteers with little to no money?

The answer to that question is a resounding, “NO!”

For many reasons nonprofit organizations are a vital component of our community’s infrastructure. The services they provide help ensure that our cities, towns and neighborhoods are good places to live, work, and raise families. Nonprofits work to mitigate a whole host of social woes that drive families and businesses out of communities. They work to combat substance abuse, domestic violence, and gangs. They keep families on their feet in times of need by providing food, clothing, and even shelter.… Read the full article

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