Nonprofit boom – Fueling the economy

Grants and technical assistance and training would be available to nonprofits under a new nonprofit development program proposed by Maryland state lawmakers, The Star Democrat in Easton reported Feb. 13.

The proposed Maryland Nonprofit Sector Development Center Program aims to sustain nonprofit job growth that has outpaced government and business-sector employment, the newspaper said.

Nonprofit employment in the state grew to 202,635 in 1999, up 35 percent from 1989 and accounting for 8 percent of Maryland’s workforce, according to the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Government and for-profit jobs grew 9.7 percent during the same decade.

The new center would be similar to a small business development program but would target nonprofits not eligible for federal small business funds, the Star Democrat said.

“Everybody wants to encourage business development in their state…but what most states do not do is recognize the importance of the not-for-profit sector,” said State Delegate Kumar Barve, D-Montgomery, sponsor of the bills and a 1995 bill that would have funded a nonprofit development program through an existing small business program — – but was tabled because of restricted federal funds.

For full story, go to The Star Democrat.

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