Nonprofit organizations are integral to our community and our quality of life in Clallam County. More than 240 active organizations work diligently to build a community safety net, educate our children, protect the environment, add beauty to our lives, and much more.
All told, more than 1,000 registered not-for-profit organizations exist in Clallam County ranging in size from a volunteer staff of one person to a paid staff of nearly 1,500. Local nonprofit organizations provide employment opportunities across a broad spectrum of skills and interests, ranging from administration, to marketing, to sales, to jobs requiring technical degrees to the highest-paying jobs which often require advanced degrees or professional certifications.
Diverse and Powerful Economic Driver
More than 2,400 people are employed in the nonprofit sector, with 2016 wages representing 10.5% of total county wages at $109,413,979. Nonprofit employment represents 12.8% of the total employment in Clallam County, the highest of any county in Washington State. Nonprofits are represented across many industries in our community, including utilities; retail; education services; professional, scientific, and technical services; health care; social services; the arts; entertainment and recreation; and more.
In addition, the volunteer labor force supporting nonprofits exceeds 150,000 hours annually. Ironically, in 2016, Independent Sector (a national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good) valued volunteers at $24.14 per hour, a value far higher that most nonprofit staff wages. In Clallam County, that represents more than $3,620,000 in annual volunteer support.
About Our Alliance
The alliance was originally established in 2012 as Alliance for Leadership Partners (ALP) to develop a local nonprofit Leadership Conference and to . The initial steering committee consisted of Claire Bishop, Phillips Fund; Jody Moss, UWCC; Tom Sanford, NOLT; Kathy Wahto, Serenity House; Patty Hannah, former United Way Director; Robbie Mantooth, and Karen Goshen. After the 2012 Leadership Conference, Olympic View Community Foundation took the alliance under its wing and expanded it to include quarterly trainings, networking activities, etc.