They help those that may not be able to help themselves. Whether its related to human services, education, housing, economic development, or any other number of worthwhile causes, nonprofits advocate on behalf of them in the hopes of improving communities throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. These include public and private organizations, chambers of commerce and numerous other civic entities.

Here are some interesting facts about nonprofits:

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS), there are over 1.5 million nonprofits registered in the United States.1

Nonprofits employ an enormous amount of people in the United States – they currently rank 3rd in workforce size among the 18 major U.S. industries.2

·        Americans gave over $410 billion to charitable organizations in 2017.3

As you can see, nonprofits play a significant role in people’s lives throughout the nation.  When you take a look at the local level, those trends continue in a big way!  Did you know that there are nearly 120 nonprofit organizations that are members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce?  These groups offer a myriad of support services to people and families in need, and do so with relatively little fanfare. 

At Rhinebeck Bank, we are encouraged to actively participate in charitable causes and community organizations in which they believe.  Many of us volunteer, including service as board members for nonprofit organizations, each year.  As an organization, we try to assist local nonprofits whenever possible, including through our Community Sponsorship Program and our Community Checking Account, an account designed exclusively for nonprofit organizations.

A day doesn’t go by without seeing or hearing about someone else going through a difficult time and in need of support in some way, shape or form.  We’re blessed to have so many people in our community that are willing to take up a cause for that person, family or group in need.  These amazing volunteers are living up to Winston Churchill’s famous quote – “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  It’s yet another reason why we’re proud to be your community bank!

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1 Statistical data provided courtesy of website -

2 Statistical data provided courtesy of GuideStar website -

3 Statistical data provided courtesy of Charity Navigator website -

Patrick Hickey

Marketing and Communications Coordinator