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For Immediate Release
Friday, September 6, 2013

Guest Column by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Ohio Gives Back: Nonprofits Provide More Than Aid

Ohioans have a rich tradition of giving back to their communities and those in need. This is evident by the fact that more than 60,000 nonprofit organizations operate in Ohio. With so many of these beneficial entities calling the Buckeye State home, there is no shortage of ways for each of us to get involved to help our communities and our neighbors. In fact, nonprofits in Ohio collectively raise billions of dollars for assistance and research each year.

The benefit of having these organizations in our communities is not limited to just those they serve, but also those they employ. In fact, Ohio’s nonprofits provide paying jobs for nearly 500,000 workers.

Recognizing that nonprofit organizations provide an economic benefit to our state, I selected a handful of these organizations to include as part of August’s Ohio Business Profile. Ohio Business Profile, launched in June 2011, is a program that showcases the many companies that call Ohio home. Each month we select a theme and feature businesses that fall under that theme. Last month’s Ohio Business Profile highlighted nonprofit companies. Since we only pick a handful of business to feature each month, I plan to repeat the nonprofit theme in the future and continue making Ohioans aware of all of these great organizations throughout our state.

Nonprofits featured last month included seven diverse organizations whose core missions ranged from helping homeless youth, to providing assistance to mothers in need and instilling an appreciation in art and the positive impact it can have on a community. To learn more about all of the nonprofit organizations featured last month, I encourage you to log onto www.OhioBusinessProfile.com.

If you know of a nonprofit business, or any company, in your area that should be recognized through the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, please take a moment to log onto my website at www.OhioSecretaryofState.gov and submit their information. 2012 was a record year for new business filings in Ohio with more than 88,000 entities filed through my office. We are lucky to have a large range of businesses to choose from, please help me honor each one. Who knows, maybe I will even pick your business to highlight next month.

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