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Vail Daily column: Nonprofit organizations key to community success

Vail Valley Partnership has recently revamped our Nonprofit Network program designed to enhance the presence of nonprofit organizations in the Vail Valley.

There are many organizations doing great work to support out community. This is one of the ways the Vail Valley Partnership is working to connect our nonprofit community with additional resources to help it grow its organizations and to fulfill important missions within the community.

First, let's define a nonprofit: a nonprofit organization does not distribute profits or dividends. Instead it retains any earnings or surplus revenues to achieve its goals. An organization is deemed eligible for nonprofit status under U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c). While nonprofit organizations are permitted to generate surplus revenues, these revenues must be retained by the organization for its self-preservation, expansion or plans. Nonprofits have controlling members or boards. Many have paid staff, including management, while others employ unpaid volunteers and even executives who work with or without compensation.

Nonprofit organizations play vital roles by providing resources and services to meet community needs without regard to profit. Nonprofits aid in the development and upkeep of such sectors of society as education, the arts, economic development, cultural awareness, spirituality, veterans affairs, children's health, health and wellness and other societal needs. Nonprofits in our community and across the country are often able to achieve great results with limited resources.

Essential to thrive

Clearly, our nonprofit sector is key to our continued community success. As such, the Nonprofit Network program derived from our desire to strengthen the connection among businesses, visitors, second homeowners and nonprofit partners through education, networking and community awareness. As part of the Nonprofit Network Program, the Vail Valley Volunteer Connection is an online resource available to all Vail Valley Partnership nonprofit members that allows them to promote volunteer needs on a live calendar located on both http://www.VailValleyPartnership.com and http://www.VisitVailValley.com. This comprehensive calendar will help connect interested community members, new residents, second homeowners, guests and other civic organizations to our vibrant nonprofit community.

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Additionally, in partnership with the Eagle River Youth Coalition, Vail Valley Partnership is hosting quarterly trainings specifically related to the nonprofit industry. Trainings include one on recruiting and training volunteers, hosted by Colorado Nonprofit Association, and a nonprofit social media seminar hosted by Blizzard Press.

Vail Valley Partnership encourages a closer relationship between businesses and nonprofit organizations by including the sponsorship of a nonprofit as a Vail Valley Partnership member in three membership levels. All gold, platinum and cornerstone-level members are able to champion a nonprofit to receive silver-level Vail Valley Partnership benefits, all at no additional cost. Additionally, any member business can sponsor a nonprofit for $350, giving the organization bronze-level membership benefits.

We applaud and thank the following businesses that have generously taken advantage of this opportunity to connect with and support the efforts of a local nonprofit:

• Alpine Bank is sponsoring Our Community Foundation.

• Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties is sponsoring Vail Valley Cares.

• Eagle County Schools is sponsoring Celebrate the Beat.

• FirstBank is sponsoring Junior Achievement.

• Gallegos Corporation is sponsoring Ute Springs Experiential Learning Center.

• Kaiser Permanente is sponsoring Eagle River Youth Coalition.

• Pierce Architects is sponsoring Vail Jazz.

• Slifer, Smith & Frampton is sponsoring HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley.

• Vail Resorts is sponsoring Walking Mountains Science Center.

• Vail Resorts Retail is sponsoring Vail Valley Charitable Fund.

• Vail Valley Medical Center is sponsoring Small Champions.

The Nonprofit Network is the latest of Vail Valley Partnership's signature programs and is a comprehensive resource for nonprofit organizations, providing trainings, data and tools to sustain and grow their operations.

If you are interested in learning more about the Nonprofit Network or would like to sponsor a local nonprofit, then contact Maren Cerimele at 970-477-4001.

We recognize the efforts of our nonprofit sector, and their contributions to our community. Please consider volunteering and connecting with a local nonprofit, as time and resources allow.

Chris Romer is president and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.