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Investing in Infrastructure

by Mary Erin Casale

Last week, the National Council of Nonprofits, along with 21 other organizations, sent a letter to 1400 foundations across the country emphasizing the importance of investing in nonprofit infrastructure. (In this context, “infrastructure” loosely means organizations doing work that helps other organizations do their work – NOT infrastructure in terms of overhead costs to run organizations.) You can read the letter by clicking here.

The letter thanks those foundations and urges all foundations to “consider directing at least 1 percent of their grantmaking budgets to support the infrastructure upon which the nonprofit sector is built.” It emphasizes the importance and the value of nonprofit infrastructure in helping foundations and nonprofits operate as efficiently and effectively as possible to best serve the needs of their communities.

As one of the organizations that helps other organizations do their work, we hope to provide an invaluable service to nonprofits across the State. We appreciate the support that we get from our friends and members and the National Council and foundations.  Our mission of strengthening, connecting, and advancing the sector is carried out in everything we do. From the hundreds of trainings we provide, to our work in Augusta, to the research we perform on behalf of the sector, we hope to offer opportunities to your organizations that you can’t find anywhere else.

Nonprofit infrastructure is vital to the entire nonprofit community—charities and foundations—and cannot be left behind without serious consequences falling on everyone, including foundations. Thanks for taking the time to think about the importance of the work we do and supporting us every step of the way.

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