Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Nonprofit Week boasts accomplishments

Express Staff Writer

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter will proclaim Monday Nov. 10, through Friday, Nov. 14, the first-ever Nonprofit Awareness Week, in a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 10. Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall signed the proclamation on Thursday, Oct. 30. Other Idaho mayors such as Boise Mayor Dave Bieter are also on board to participate.

The proclamation states, "The thousands of nonprofit organizations based in Idaho contribute significantly to a viable economy by providing Idahoans with jobs, goods and services, with expenditures of more than $2 million annually according to the most recent data."

Members of the Idaho Nonprofit Center will attend the signing ceremony.

The Idaho Nonprofit Center works to develop resources, networks and education to support non-profit organizations in Idaho.

"It's difficult to measure the social, environmental, cultural and economic impact made by the nonprofits in Blaine County," said Tom Iselin of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, a member of the Idaho Nonprofit steering committee. "It's in the tens of millions, for sure.

"But when you imagine what Blaine County would look like without nonprofits, the value becomes immeasurable," he said.

During the week, nonprofit organizations around the state will hold open houses, host awards events and participate in other activities designed to raise visibility of their work.

"'Nonprofit Awareness Week is an opportunity to remind everyone about the important contributions nonprofits make every day in our communities," said Lynn Hoffmann, executive director of the Idaho Nonprofit Center.

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