BISMARCK, N.D. - Nonprofit organizations play a significant role in our economy, and today at the state Capitol, the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations held its fifth annual gathering to show legislators just how important they are.
Representatives gathered to showcase their efforts and the opportunities that they offer to their communities.
Among the various nonprofits at the capitol is Tami Ternes with North Dakota Assistive. Ternes said, "We think it's a great job being involved with a nonprofit, we love what we do."
This organization is just one of the many great a nonprofits in the Bismarck community and they help people with disabilities by using assistive technology.
"So we help people with disabilities and people who are seeing the signs of aging and trying to help them be as independent as possible," said Ternes.
Executive Director Dana Schaar Jahner said, “These organizations are critical.”
They contribute to the economy by employing one in seven people working in the private sector and their wages make up 15 percent of the state's private sector payroll.
North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations says the 4,000 nonprofits in the state brought in $4.1 billion in revenue this past year.
“A lot of people probably don't recognize how much nonprofits play a role whether it's through healthcare, arts, and recreation, education, if you're in need of services, and your local service clubs. All those kinds groups are really important parts in the nonprofit sector," said Jahner.
Of the private sector, workforce nonprofits employed one in seven people and made up 15 percent of the state's private sector payroll.
“It's a rewarding experience to work with North Dakota nonprofits to help raise their voices in the community,” said Jahner.