Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - Bangor Daily News << Back
By Jeff Wahlstrom
As the Maine economy continues to shift to a service economy, we should not be surprised that charitable nonprofit organizations are increasingly becoming the largest employers in our communities.
While hospitals, colleges and a few familiar organizations capture our attention, the fact is that more than 70,000 people in Maine are employed by nonprofits - more people than all local governments combined and just about as many as the state's entire manufacturing sector. These organizations and their employees touch all of us in one way or another - providing our health care, educating our children, caring for our neighbors and improving our overall quality of life."