California State Senator Melissa Hurtado has named Valley Public Radio as Nonprofit of the Year for Senate District 14. Station President and General Manager Joe Moore and Finance Director Shirin Assemi visited the state capitol Wednesday to accept the honor as part of California Nonprofit Day. The station was one of 200 nonprofits honored as part of the celebration.
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Moore said the strength of the local nonprofit sector makes this award even more special. “We have so many amazing nonprofit organizations in our region that do such great work. To be selected among all of them in Senate District 14 is a tribute to the impact that our station’s programming has on people’s lives. From the beautiful sounds of classical music and the showcase we provide for students on Young Artists Spotlight, to the local news stories we’ve covered that have resulted in new policies and legislation, public radio makes a big impact in our communities,” said Moore.
“Nonprofits are often hidden in plain sight,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to celebrate the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and for everyone to appreciate the collective impact of nonprofits in our communities.”
The Nonprofit of the Year recognition comes just weeks after the station received another major honor – the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting, awarded by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The station’s entry in that contest has now proceeded on to the national Murrow Awards competition.
California Nonprofits Day, now in its fourth year, was formally recognized by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 62, authored by the chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Nonprofit Sector, Assemblywoman Monique Limón (Santa Barbara), who will speak at the celebration luncheon. Senator Holly Mitchell will keynote the luncheon. The day is organized by Assemblymember Limón and CalNonprofits.
According to “Causes Count,” a 2016 report commissioned by CalNonprofits, the nonprofit sector is the 4th largest industry in the state, employing nearly one million people. Each year, California nonprofits generate over $200 billion in revenue and bring in $40 billion in revenue from outside of California. The unpaid labor contributed by volunteers at nonprofits is equivalent to 450,000 full-time jobs every year.