In partnership with United Way of the Brazos Valley and the Cities of Bryan and College Station, the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy launched this effort in the name of service, to partner with local nonprofit organizations and ensure their readiness for increased demand in services.
But why are local nonprofits experiencing an increase in demand for their services? Consider the following:
- By 2020, the population in Bryan/College Station will hit approximately 280,000; that’s up from 250,000 in 2015.
- Median home prices in Bryan/College Station have steadily been on the rise, including double-digit percentage increases in 2015 and 2016.
- The Bryan/College Station area continues to enjoy low unemployment and a growing job market.
Though the above descriptors paint a nice economic picture for our region, nonprofits are usually where those left behind turn to for critical services. Ironically, they are also consistently asked to do more with less.
The Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy hopes to use its expertise to help guide local nonprofits in building up their infrastructure and organizational leadership to tackle this complex scenario. At the same time, we’ll also use our convening power to engage the business community to address this challenge.
Since the launch of the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy, our dedicated team has attacked this issue from both an academic and practitioner perspective and fully believe our local nonprofit organizations can further contribute to the overall community well-being of the Brazos Valley.
It’s no secret that nonprofit organizations play a critical role in building communities up, contributing to a strong economy, and serving those most in need. The Brazos Valley Leadership in Public Service Initiative, facilitated by the Center for Nonprofits & Philanthropy, is committed to supporting local nonprofits in their good work while enhancing the sense of community for the entire Brazos Valley region.