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January 17, 2019

Nonprofits pump $12B a year into Maine’s economy, report says

Maine Association of Nonprofits
Maine Association of Nonprofits
Nonprofit organizations in Maine contribute around $12 billion a year to the state’s economy and employ more than 98,000 people, says a report by the Maine Association of Nonprofits.

Nonprofit organizations in Maine contribute around $12 billion a year to the state's economy and employ more than 98,000 people, says a report by the Maine Association of Nonprofits.

The 28-page report, "Adding Up Impact: Maine Nonprofits at Work," was released Thursday. It says that Maine's nonprofit sector paid more than $4.7 billion in wages, or 17.9% of the state's total wages, in 2017. The wages translated into an estimated $271 million in personal income tax revenue for Maine's state and local governments and more than $809 million in federal tax revenues, it found.

The report's release coincides with the 16th annual Maine Nonprofit Day, which seeks to celebrate and raise awareness for how nonprofits work for Maine. The Maine Association of Nonprofits aims to do that in the capital by showcasing the work of the state's nonprofit community with an exhibit at the State House Hall of Flags.

"Advocacy is a critical part of the success of mission-driven organizations across the state," Jennifer Hutchins, MANP's executive director, said in a news release emailed on Wednesday. "Not only does this promote the richness and diversity of the sector, it strengthens relationships between nonprofit leaders and public officials."

The impact report also highlights success stories of nine nonprofit organizations across the state. They include one in Aroostook County that helped reduce hospital re-admissions among older patients by 23% and a Portland-area food pantry serving 166 families every month.

The report was funded with support from the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Health Access Foundation, the Unity Foundation and Healey & Associates.

Hutchins had already shared some of the findings last month at a Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce event, where she called on nonprofit organizations to address the workforce challenge as a matter of urgency.

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