Surveys look at value of nonprofits |

Surveys look at value of nonprofits

Yampa Valley Partners has sent out an economic survey for nonprofits intended to demonstrate the importance of the services nonprofits provide and their benefits to the community.

“Nonprofit organizations provide our community with necessary services, build the community, offer cultural resources and often provide advocacy efforts,” said Audrey Danner, executive director of Yampa Valley Partners. “We intend to profile these organizations and their financial impact on the Yampa Valley.”

Danner said Yampa Valley Partners sent surveys to more than 200 nonprofit organizations in Northwest Colorado.

Colorado Mountain College, Yampa Valley Community Foundation, and the United Ways of Routt and Moffat counties helped Partners develop the survey.

A similar survey was done on nonprofit organizations in Wyoming last year, and Danner said a lot of value came out of it.

She hopes the survey will look at the sources of revenue and volunteer support that help nonprofit organizations to serve the community.

It also will evaluate the size of nonprofits, the services they provide and the economic effect they have on the community, she said.

Danner said the report will provide communities with a great resource about nonprofits.

“The hope is people will be able to make decisions within the community based on the report,” she said.

Although Danner hoped all nonprofits would send in the survey, at least one director said she wouldn’t.

Evelyn Tileston, the executive director of the Independent Life Center, said she thought the survey was a little much.

“I though it was kind of intrusive,” she said. “It was going beyond what I felt we have to disclose.”

Danner said nonprofits provide communities with numerous services and bring dollars into the community.

“(Nonprofits) help shape and define the character of our communities,” she said. “All of these organizations bring resources, services and philanthropic dollars to the local economy.”

Danner said that when the report is done, it will be a part of the Community Indicator Report to allow businesses and people in the community to see how the nonprofits are run.

The survey results will be released in September.

Danner encourages all organizations that received a survey to return it as soon as possible.

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