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November dubbed nonprofit month

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Gov. Mike Easley has named November 2008 “Nonprofit Awareness Month” in recognition of the sector’s contributions to the state.

“North Carolina’s communities are enriched and enlivened by the contributions nonprofits make to the quality of life,” Easley says in a statement. “Every North Carolinian benefits from nonprofits’ vital contributions of strengthening our social fabric, public policy, culture, sense of community and future.”

The state’s nonprofit sector accounts for more than 270,000 jobs and contributes $20 billion a year to the state’s economy.

Spearheaded by the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, “Nonprofit Awareness Month” will be celebrated with activities organized by local nonprofits.

During last year’s inaugural Nonprofit Awareness Month, the Cumberland Community Foundation held a celebration for more than 70 nonprofit leaders, and the Partnership for Children in Robeson County led a walking tour of 16 nonprofits in downtown Lumberton.

Information about the awareness activities is available online.

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