Seasonal Nonprofit Highlight Article: Organizations Providing Their Communities With Priceless Gifts

Blog- Dec. 2016 Nonprofit Article

As of 2013, there were roughly 1.4 million IRS-registered nonprofits in the U.S. Nonprofits help countless individuals with services relating to education, the arts, economics and more. Though donations are higher than ever, it’s important to remember that these nonprofits still need to be supported year after year.

Across cultures and traditions, the winter season is often a time where people celebrate their friends and family with gifts of all different kinds. It seems only fitting to recognize some of the great nonprofit customers we work with that provide gifts to their communities in the form of art, education, and opportunities.

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These three nonprofits are doing just that. Keep reading to learn more about these organizations and the gifts they give their constituents.

The Gift of the Arts: National Guild for Community Arts Education

There’s a great quote from former President Lyndon B. Johnson on the importance of arts to society.

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.”

Those are pretty powerful words. Words that many would agree with. The National Guild for Community Arts Education is one group whose goal seems to align with this message. The Guild is dedicated to the “creation and development of community arts education organizations by providing research and information resources, professional development, networking opportunities, funding, and advocacy on behalf of the field,” according to their website.

Through a network of hundreds of schools and arts organizations, the Guild supports the continuation and growth of community arts programs that focus on music, dance and a variety of other disciplines.

You can learn more about the National Guild for Community Arts Education and their partner networks on their website.

The Gift of Quality Science Education: 100Kin10

In the near future, STEM jobs are projected to increase across the board in areas like math, software development and biomedical engineering. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data expects about 1 million new STEM jobs to be created between 2012 and 2022. However, America’s workforce, many of whom are just students now, might not be prepared for these jobs due to a lack of interest, participation, or preparedness for math and science subjects.

Though more students are showing interest in these fields than in the past, according to the ACT report “The Condition of STEM 2016,” discussed in THE Journal, only about a quarter of the students interested in these fields are actually academically prepared to pursue STEM majors in college.

100Kin10 seeks to empower the STEM leaders of the future with the specific goal of preparing 100,000 STEM teachers by the year 2021. 100Kin10 works with a network of over 280 partners, and they’re nearly a third of the way to their goal, with 30,000 teachers trained since 2011.

Learn more about 100Kin10 on their website.

The Gift of Information: Start Small Think Big

Small businesses and entrepreneurs have no shortage of challenges. They must take on the task of hiring, finding funding, and scaling their company all with limited resources available for quality legal counsel.

Start Small Think Big, a New York City nonprofit, helps entrepreneurs in the low- to medium-income brackets secure the legal help and business advice they need for free. Some of the areas they provide assistance with include:

  • Financial planning and management
  • Employment matters
  • Tax requirements

“The financial management aspects of running a small business are critical.  But money isn’t the only thing people need.  We’ve recognized that managing money and having in place the legal infrastructure to protect what you build are the two main challenges for starting a small business in the United States.  For many small businesses, the rules and regulations, licenses and taxes are expensive and complicated.  People with limited money are going to be particularly impacted by that.  Our clients are bootstrapping their businesses—surviving on sheer resourcefulness and ingenuity—and we aim to give them the support and resources to really do this all.” Jennifer DaSilva, Executive Director

Start Small Think Big works with businesses that sell everything from cupcakes to candles, in addition to service-based business that offer cooking classes, yoga classes and more.

Learn more about how you can get involved with Start Small Think Big on their website.

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Consider adding one of these nonprofits to your holiday giving list, or find another organization in your community that would benefit from a donation or a new volunteer. Learn more about other nonprofits we work with in past seasonal roundup articles.