The headlines are frightening: “Worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”
The financial emergency is concerning for Kansas City area nonprofits because we run our agencies on a shoestring every day, even in the best of times. How can we continue to provide these services when the government is out of money, area foundations have seen millions of dollars in their endowments disappear, corporations are laying off workers and individuals are afraid to spend what money they do have?
Nonprofits will do what they always do: think creatively, work smarter, collaborate and remind our donors why we are so vital to a healthy economy. According to a survey by the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, there are 7,403 charitable nonprofit organizations in Kansas City. The nonprofit sector comprises 13.7 percent of the region’s economy, and the impact we have on hundreds of thousands of lives we serve cannot be measured.
I hope you will not cut off vital funding to your favorite charity as you tighten your belts. Volunteer or make a contribution, but get involved. We need you now more than ever.
President and CEO, Sunflower House, A Child Abuse Prevention Center