How America’s Charitable Nonprofits Strengthen
Communities and Improve Lives
National Council of Nonprofits

Charitable nonprofits embody the best of America. They provide a way for people to work together for the common good, transforming shared beliefs and hopes into action. They give shape to our boldest dreams, highest ideals, and noblest causes. America’s 1.3 million charitable nonprofits feed, heal, shelter, educate, inspire, enlighten, and nurture people of every age, gender, race, and socioeconomic status, from coast to coast, border to border, and beyond. They foster civic engagement and leadership, drive economic growth, and strengthen the fabric of our communities. Every single day.

But, as you know, operating a nonprofit is not easy. Nonprofits face serious, growing challenges that can limit their ability to serve the people and communities that rely on them. Some of these challenges relate to internal matters such as governance, personnel, and financial accountability, while others relate to external matters like fundraising and operational issues. Many of these challenges are caused by external forces larger than any one organization; they are systemic and sector-wide.

Nonprofits can overcome these challenges, but only if we all embrace the proven wisdom that more can be accomplished by working together than by working in separate silos. Nonprofits play a fundamental role in creating more equitable and thriving communities. And nonprofits can do even more by coming together to protect both their legacy and their indispensable role in America’s future. 

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