Recently, I took part in preparations for the Nonprofit Module of the Leadership Evergreen class of 2017, putting together the following piece, which was read to the class in my absence. I thought I'd share it with readers who haven't been around long enough to understand the roles nonprofits play in our community.
A Brief History of Nonprofits in Evergreen
Nonprofits have played an integral part in the development of the Evergreen community, as people gathered together to meet critical needs as they arose.
Every effort costs money, and in the absence of a local government, which might have funded some of these needs with tax dollars and personnel, citizens had to pool together their own funds and provide free manpower.
In time, many of these groups officially applied for nonprofit status to make their donations tax deductible and to reduce the costs of doing business by getting preferable rates or, at a minimum, not having to pay taxes.
The Mountain Parks Protective Assn. – formed in 1925 when summer cabins were so popular – provided a service by year-round residents who patrolled unoccupied buildings (often on horseback). It also inspected and treated trees for beetle infestation.
Our volunteer Fire Dept. formed after the fire in 1926 that nearly wiped out Main Street. – locals had formed a bucket brigade while a tanker truck came up from Denver.