Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County To Launch Updated Economic Impact Study in January 2014

Top Quote Just Announced! The Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County will be updating the "For the Common Good" statistical report in 2014. End Quote
  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) December 10, 2013 - Nonprofit organizations play a vital role in sustaining Monterey County's economic and social health. In 2005, the Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County (NAMC) contributed to "For the Common Good: The Economic Impact of Monterey County's Nonprofit Industry," a statistical report developed by the ACTION Council of Monterey County. Representing a diverse community of nonprofits with varying missions and of varying sizes, the report became a valuable tool for explaining a sector dependent upon both funders who share common interests and the public for general support.

    Now the Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County - a membership organization that advocates for the nonprofit sector and offers members other important services - will be updating the 2005 study in order to track the sector's impact over time.

    Anna Foglia, Chair of NAMC's Executive Committee comments: "NAMC was a partner in the 2005 study funded by the Harden Foundation and we are delighted to be spearheading this update, thanks to the support of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Our members believe it is important for the general public to understand how crucial nonprofits are to the economic and social fiber of our county and to better understand the integral role all kinds of nonprofits play in the overall quality of life for the people who live in Monterey County."

    While the 2005 study focused solely on economic impacts, the new survey will identify and describe political, social, technological, legal and environmental impacts, laying out the important issues and trends that Monterey nonprofits will need to address over the next 5-10 years. Research will be undertaken through surveys and interviews with a stratified sample of leaders and experts both locally and nationally. This research will be conducted under the leadership of Professor Ernest Scalberg, Adjunct Professor of International Management at MIIS, working with a team of recent MIIS graduates.

    Much has changed in the world and in the county since 2005, especially during and following the major recession. The fast-growing nonprofit sector has itself been evolving, not only adapting to new challenges and new needs - including exploring new ways of collaborating - but also by developing new ways of understanding its efforts and in demonstrating its worth. These two sector trends - the changes and growth in those served and the evolving sophistication of its assessment tools - make it an especially favorable time to take another look at the sector's role throughout the county.

    Background on NAMC

    Formed in 2003 in response to financial and political upheavals that led to decreased funding and a loss of community services throughout the nonprofit sector, NAMC sought to uncover the needs of local nonprofits.

    In 2005, the Harden Foundation funded an economic impact survey that revealed the nonprofit sector to be a major employer in Monterey County. With its first paid staff member on board in 2007, NAMC provided educational workshops and legislative updates, networked nonprofit and public agencies and advocated on behalf of the nonprofit community. NAMC has become a trusted and skilled ally for the nonprofit community.

    FACT SHEET

    Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County is an unincorporated membership organization governed by Core Leadership, a 10- to 15-member group elected annually.
    The Alliance develops and fosters collaborations between Monterey County nonprofits by implementing programs that strengthen infrastructure within nonprofits.
    NAMC represents the range of key actors in the nonprofit industry, with ACTION Council of Monterey County acting as its fiscal sponsor.
    NAMC is a consistent voice in the local, state and federal legislative process, and works to keep nonprofits informed and to advocate in support of policies that strengthen their initiatives.
    Benefits of membership include: discounted fees at workshops; legislative advocacy; networking opportunities; monthly newsletter; website directory and more.
    NAMC has developed a countywide Diversity & Social Equity Initiative, with the purpose of improving the quality of life for all residents of Monterey County, especially those with the greatest vulnerabilities and disadvantages.
    Becoming a sponsor of NAMC goes a long way to securing a better future for Monterey County. For further information on Corporate Sponsorship, contact Sue Parris, NAMC Project Coordinator, at sue ( @ ) alliancemonterey dot org; 831-373-4606 dot

    Find out more about NAMC by visiting www.alliancemonterey.org. Address: P.O. Box 602, Pacific Grove, CA 93950. Phone: 373-4606.

    Press Contact: Marci Bracco Cain (831) 747-7455.

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