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The Nonprofit Impact Report was released by Drury University's Center for Nonprofit Communication in April 2014, and is the first study of its kind to be conducted in our area. It contains information on more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations located within Springfield city limits.
The 44-page report contains information about the number and percentage of Springfield workers employed in the nonprofit sector, average annual budgets, nonprofit density compared to other metro areas, whether or not services are being duplicated, and exactly how well nonprofits are responding to the "red flag" issues identified in the long-running Community Focus Report. The information is also highly valuable to nonprofits themselves, as they are more and more often asked to provide hard data when seeking grants and donations.
"Although most of the information used to create this report is publicly available, it takes time and expertise to analyze and dissect it all," says Dan Prater, Director of the CNC at Drury. "The report provides solid data that helps reveal the full magnitude of what nonprofits do in our community - and turns out the impact is huge."
"Nonprofits are ultimately a public trust, much like government," Prater says. "Our investment via donations means the whole community has a stake in what nonprofits do, and a stake in their success or failure. We believe this information will be helpful and insightful for both the nonprofits themselves and the community at large."
The CNC would like to thank the following sponsors who help fund the study: Community Foundation of the Ozarks, BKD CPAs & Advisors, and Springfield First Community Bank.