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Nonprofit organizations and local job opportunities

I have been musing about all of the nonprofit 501(c)3's that have popped up over the last several years, as well as those that have been around for some time. What many have in common is they are primarily funded by the federal government; they can and do take advantage of unpaid volunteers; and as nonprofit organizations, they have a tax break.

Very few are actually humanitarian-minded first and profit-minded second — as many of us might have presumed. Many of them have actually been created with profit in mind as any for-profit business is and professes to be. Many have subsisted solely on federal government funding and have rendered the humanitarian piece to play second or third fiddle to bureaucratic requirements and tendencies and the fund-matching requirements.

Additionally, as volunteerism grows, local viable jobs disappear on the same horizon — with those jobs that have been outsourced to other countries — some of which are experiencing a newfound middle-class haven, unlike the U.S. I like volunteerism, I like communities coming together in this way, but where will this take us in a time when there are more applicants than available jobs?

Cheryl Zellers

Nevada City