I never thought much about the potential political power of the nonprofit sector — stemming from its influence and economic contribution, thinking more along issue lines. But now, with the launch of the V3 Campaign, Robert Egger (President of the D.C. Central Kitchen) clarifies the power of the nonprofit sector’s "Voice, Value and Votes."
Many of Egger’s factoids are startling in their quantification of nonprofit impact:
- 90% of college freshmen have performed community service
- Nonprofits, via donations received, represent 7% of GDP
- 14 million in the US work for nonprofits
- Nonprofits collectively hold $3 trillion in assets.
What’s incredible is Egger’s mobilization of nonprofit staffers to use their power (and their votes) to vet candidates at all governmental levels. All I can say is, why haven’t we used our voice before? Now that we know how strong it is, let’s shout it out.
Thanks to Katya Andresen for the tip.
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