No fiscal help for NC non-profits

February 20, 2009 3:24:13 PM PST
Governor Beverly Perdue said Friday that non-profit groups are crucial to the state's economy, but she stopped short of promising them any fiscal help.An example of a group that's struggling in this the poor economy is Wake Enterprises.

"What people do here is learn the value of work," explained Director Walter Weeks.

Building parts for power meters and outlining life goals are how people with disabilities learn at the nonprofit.

"Without this service, people would be institutionalized," said Weeks.

Thousands of nonprofit organizations across the state employ nearly 10 percent of the state's workforce - and put billions of dollars back into the economy - according to the center for nonprofits.

But right now, many are suffering.

"We're affected by donations and we're affected by the state dollar cuts," said Weeks.

Friday, Governor Perdue told the leaders of hundreds of nonprofit groups gathering in Raleigh that she understands they're suffering too. She didn't offer or deny help - but her next comment raised some eyebrows.

"Even if you hate what I have to do," she said. "If at least at the end of the day you'll look at the numbers and know that nobody was targeted in any single area."

Perdue reminded the group that she's trying to fill a $2 billion hole in the state budget. If anyone understands what it's like to work under a tight budget - it's nonprofits.

"I'm not confident from the Governor today that the state's going to be able to help with that," said Weeks.