NONPROFITS PAY OFF.Byline: Susan Palmer The Register-Guard
CORRECTION (ran 2/09/05): PeaceHealth's Lane County operations, including Sacred Heart Medical Center Sacred Heart Medical Center may refer to:
In the United States:
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. .
Art Taylor's and Dan Lauer's jobs couldn't be more different.
Taylor works in a drafty draft·y
adj. draft·i·er, draft·i·est
Having or exposed to drafts of air.
drafti·ly adv. warehouse in north Eugene supervising workers making mattresses and cobbling together wood furniture to sell in secondhand stores. Across town in a modest yet comfortable office just off West 11th Avenue, Lauer manages programs that help orphaned and abandoned children in five countries.
Taylor wears coveralls and works surrounded by pallets of donated wood, rolls of fabric and bags of cotton and Dacron. Lauer's blue shirt and gray slacks are more suitable in his milieu, communicating via phone and computer with his far-flung staff.
Lauer is college-educated, while Taylor came up through the school of hard knocks The School of Hard Knocks is an idiomatic phrase meaning the (sometimes painful) education one gets from life, often contrasted with formal education. It is a phrase which is most typically used by a person to claim a level of wisdom imparted by life experience, which they consider . But the two men are linked, working in the same arena that employed 12.2 percent of Lane County's private work force in 2002.
In Oregon, as in the rest of the nation, nonprofits represent a thriving sector of the economy. In 2002, the most recent year for which such figures are available, nonprofit corporations employed 139,000 in Oregon - that's 10 percent of the private-sector work force with a payroll of $4 billion and an average wage of $29,000.
While it's significantly less than the state's manufacturing sector, which employed 200,000 with a payroll of $8.8 billion and an average wage of $43,600, it's much more than the leisure/hospitality industry, which employed 149,000 people with a $2 billion payroll and an average wage of $14,000.
"They're an important part of the fabric of the economy," state labor economist Art Ayre said. "They're granted tax-favored status and doing activities determined to be desirable."
Labor economists usually don't categorize nonprofit corporations as a separate industry because they cover too broad a swath. But if they did, out of 11 categories, nonprofits would rank as the sixth-largest private employer in the state.
Attracting more such groups to headquarter head·quar·ter
v. head·quar·tered, head·quar·ter·ing, head·quar·ters Usage Problem
To provide with headquarters: in Eugene could be a viable economic development strategy, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. one expert. Many offer living-wage jobs unlikely to be exported, and bring in grant money that has a ripple effect ripple effect Epidemiology See Signal event. on the economy. Others provide social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales to those struggling at the bottom end of the income spectrum - services that might otherwise fall to local governments.
Nonprofit groups span a broad spectrum. They encompass children's clubs such as the Girl Scouts Girl Scouts, recreational and service organization founded (1912) in Savannah, Ga., by Mrs. Juliette Gordon Low (1860–1927). It was originally modeled after the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, organizations created in Great Britain by Sir Robert Baden-Powell during and Kidsports; helping agencies such as the Relief Nursery and FOOD for Lane County; hospitals such as Sacred Heart Medical Center; and research organizations such as the Oregon Research Institute. There are public interest law firms This list of the world's largest law firms by revenue is taken from The Lawyer and The American Lawyer and is ordered by 2006 revenue:
Taylor works for the St. Vincent de Paul Vin·cent de Paul , Saint 1581-1660.
French ecclesiastic who founded the Congregation of the Mission (1625) and the Daughters of Charity (1633). Society of Lane County managing its manufacturing warehouse. Lauer works at Holt International, most famous for its adoption program, but also known for its efforts to keep families in foreign countries together whenever possible.
About 14,000 Lane County residents work for nonprofits, and while the majority of the county's 1,100 charities run on the sweat equity Sweat Equity
The equity that is created in a company or some other asset as a direct result of hard work by the owner(s).
For example, rebuilding the engine on your 1968 Mustang to increase its value. of volunteers and a few paid staff, there are at least 10 with annual budgets topping $10 million and more than 100 employees.
Holt International's gross revenue for 2003 was $17.3 million. St. Vincent's was $11.7 million.
Several dozen more operate on budgets of between $1 million and $10 million.
Such groups are dwarfed by the county's largest nonprofit employer, PeaceHealth. The Bellevue-based corporation, owner of Sacred Heart The Sacred Heart is a religious devotion to Jesus' physical heart as the representation of the divine love for humanity
This devotion is predominantly used in the Roman Catholic Church and also used in the Anglican Church. , employs more than 4,000 people in the county and had gross receipts the total of the receipts, before they are diminished by any deduction, as for expenses; - distinguished from net profits.
See under Gross,
See also: Gross Receipt of more than $400 million in 2003.
But the smaller agencies often bring a disproportionately large chunk of money into the community in the form of government and private foundation grants that cover the salaries of the people they employ. It's an aspect of their work that doesn't always register with the public.
"People tend to think of the nonprofit sector as a drag on Verb 1. drag on - last unnecessarily long
last, endure - persist for a specified period of time; "The bad weather lasted for three days"
2. the economy," said University of Oregon The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. The university was founded in 1876, graduating its first class two years later. The University of Oregon is one of 60 members of the Association of American Universities. assistant professor Renee Irvin, who directs the UO graduate certificate program in nonprofit management. In fact, they represent a net gain, she said.
Oregon Research Institute, for example, recently received a $4.3 million federal grant from the Department of Education that will support its staff studying the effectiveness of an early intervention ear·ly intervention
n. Abbr. EI
A process of assessment and therapy provided to children, especially those younger than age 6, to facilitate normal cognitive and emotional development and to prevent developmental disability or delay. program for at-risk children.
The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide recently announced a grant for $285,000 from the Catherine T. MacArthur Catherine T. MacArthur (1909-1981) was the wife of U.S. businessman and philanthropist John D. MacArthur. One of the largest philanthropic foundations on earth, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is named after the couple. Biography
Born Catherine T. Foundation that will help pay the salaries of its lawyers.
"Much of our money comes from outside the community," E-LAW Executive Director Bern Johnson said. Among its national donors: the Charles Stewart Mott should be added to this article, to conform with Wikipedia's Manual of Style.
Please discuss this issue on the talk page. and Rockefeller foundations. The public interest law firm employs nine people full time, and while some of its funds support programs in the 60 countries that comprise its network, about 60 percent of it remains in Eugene.
At St. Vincent de Paul, which operates homeless shelters, low-income housing, a food pantry, and other support programs for struggling residents, 28 percent of its 2003 revenue came from government grants.
Like for-profit entities, such as the computer-chip maker Hynix or the recreational vehicle manufacturers, this outside money comes in as wages that ripple out into the community when workers spend money on homes, food, clothes, other essentials and recreation.
Nonprofit-sector jobs are often less vulnerable to the market forces that for-profit companies face, Irvin said.
"It's a very labor-intensive sector. It's a service profession, so jobs really aren't exportable overseas," she said.
That fact presents intriguing economic development opportunities, Irvin said. Just as Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, city (1990 pop. 281,140), seat of El Paso co., central Colo., on Monument and Fountain creeks, at the foot of Pikes Peak; inc. 1886. It is a year-round resort and a booming military, technological, and commercial city. , Colo., has become an important center for conservative organizations, Eugene could become a haven for nonprofit organizations.
"I see nonprofits headquartered here in Lane County as an economic development strategy," Irvin said. "These are decent, white-collar nonpolluting kinds of jobs."
That's not to suggest that nonprofits are invulnerable in·vul·ner·a·ble
1. Immune to attack; impregnable.
2. Impossible to damage, injure, or wound.
[French invulnérable, from Old French, from Latin to economic forces, she said.
In the recession that began in 2000 and was exacerbated by the terrorist attacks of 2001, public charities lost government funding at the same time donors were cutting back because of the stock market decline. Many struggled with less financial support at a time when more people needed their services, Irvin said.
And nonprofits often find themselves in competition with each other for the same pool of available money. Many are waiting to see whether the recent outpouring of support to tsunami-stricken countries will affect donations here.
"They can't just sit back and say, 'Well, we're the only nonprofit in town that provides such and such a service.' That may be true, but they're getting support from the same source that other deserving organizations are getting funding from," she said.
While Lane County has a slightly higher percentage of nonprofits compared to the state and the nation, what's more compelling is the uniqueness of the organizations that do thrive here, St. Vincent de Paul executive director Terry McDonald Terry McDonald (born June 17, 1955 in Coquitlam, British Columbia) is a former National Hockey League player for the Kansas City Scouts. He played 8 games for the Scouts in the 1975-76 season. External links
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He cites groups such as the Relief Nursery, White Bird, BRING Recycling, and Aprovecho in Cottage Grove.
Those small groups have a huge impact, McDonald said, often overshadowing better-known national nonprofit organizations such as the Salvation Army Salvation Army, Protestant denomination and international nonsectarian Christian organization for evangelical and philanthropic work. Organization and Beliefs
The Salvation Army has established branches in 100 countries throughout the world. .
"The big-player nonprofits are small players in this marketplace," he said.
Irvin agreed. "There are nonprofits that seem to spring from the humus humus (hy`məs), organic matter that has decayed to a relatively stable, amorphous state. It is an important biological constituent of fertile soil. in the earth here."
The university has taken note, adding a new certification program for students interested in nonprofit management. The UO program began in the winter of 2002 with 16 students. Now there are 60 students enrolled, Irvin said.
"What defines a nonprofit isn't that there's no profit, it's that it has no owners. There are no shareholders or partners," Irvin said.
But there are stakeholders: donors, clients, the board of directors, the staff. The decision-making process can be more challenging than it is at the for-profit level because it needs to involve the stakeholders, she said.
"The general public tends to think of the nonprofit sector as being really inefficient. In fact, all I've seen is them wringing that last dollar out of the turnip turnip, garden vegetable of the same genus of the family Cruciferae (mustard family) as the cabbage; native to Europe, where it has been long cultivated. The two principal kinds are the white (Brassica rapa) and the yellow (B. . They're so good at existing on fumes fumes
odorous gases and other volatile materials; inhalation of irritating fumes causes coughing and, if sufficiently severe, irreversible pulmonary edema. , I would rank them against any business," she said.
Nonprofits also provide a level of job satisfaction that keeps employees on board for longer periods.
Taylor, who works for St. Vincent de Paul, has been there since 1989. He knows he could make more money driving a truck, but the rewards wouldn't be as great.
Most recently, he and his woodworking crew came up with a new bookshelf model and a small table for children that includes a storage space drawer and a blackboard top. The products will sell in St. Vincent stores across Oregon at a price that cash-strapped families can afford, he said. The revenue will go to help one of St. Vincent's many programs.
"It's a lot of hard work. That's the God's honest truth, and it never stops, but I wouldn't have the satisfaction somewhere else," he said.
That's what keeps Lauer working at Holt.
"I believe in Holt's mission. It's not necessarily easy work. There are frustrations, but I'm passionate about adoption," he said.
THRIVING SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY
Many nonprofits are supported by grants and other outside funds, which helps them employ 14,000 Lane County workers, many with living-wage jobs.
NONPROFITS BY CATEGORY
The Internal Revenue Service classifies the range of organizations exempted from paying taxes. Here's the number of exempt Oregon nonprofits reporting earnings exceeding $25,000 in 2003 in each category and their gross receipts.
Arts, culture, humanities: 554, $309 million
Education: 875, $1.9 billion
Environmental quality, protection and beautification beau·ti·fy
tr. & intr.v. beau·ti·fied, beau·ti·fy·ing, beau·ti·fies
To make or become beautiful.
beau : 232, $119 million
Animal related: 95, $44 million
Health: 277, $14.3 billion
Mental health crisis intervention crisis intervention Psychiatry The counseling of a person suffering from a stressful life event–eg, AIDS, cancer, death, divorce, by providing mental and moral support. See Hotline. : 128, $254 million
Diseases, disorders, medical disciplines: 64, $60.6 million
Medical research: 34, $44.5 million
Crime, legal-related: 123, $77 million
Employment, job-related: 77, $257.8 million
Food, agriculture and nutrition: 51, $92.5 million
Housing, shelter: 236, $116.4 million
Public safety: 45, $2.2 million
Recreation, sports, leisure, athletics: 394, $86 million
Youth development: 151, $82 million
Human services: 673, $957.6 million
International, foreign affairs and national security: 39, $112.6 million
Civil rights, social action, advocacy: 39, $15 million
Community improvement, capacity building: 197, $66.4 million
Philanthropy, volunteerism, grant-making foundations: 250, $912.7 million
Science and technology research: 27, $25.1 million
Social science research: 14, $20 million
Public, society benefit: 33, $9.9 million
Religion, spiritual development: 266, $92 million
Unknown: 229, $13.1 million
Art Taylor, manager of St. Vincent de Paul's mattress recycling facility, pulls batting off the line. Taylor says that even with a heavy workload, he's satisfied with the job. E c o n o m y "I see nonprofits headquartered here in Lane County as an economic development strategy." - RENEE IRVIN, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Chris Pietsch / The Register-Guard Dan Lauer of Holt International manages programs that help orphaned and abandoned children in five countries.