New report focuses on Vermont’s $4 billion nonprofits

first_imgA new report from the Vermont Community Foundation provides the first comprehensive look at Vermont’s nonprofit sector in almost a decade. Vermont’s Nonprofit Sector: A Vital Community in a Time of Change reveals that Vermonters have a great deal of trust in nonprofit organizations to deliver quality services on their behalf. Overwhelmingly, Vermonters’ have a firm understanding of what nonprofits are and positive impressions of their work. However, the report suggests the public needs better information to help them evaluate whether the nonprofit sector is providing its services efficiently.Rarely is this sector looked at as a whole for its vital role in the social fabric of our communities, and its contributions to Vermont’s economy. There are over 4,000 nonprofit organizations in Vermont. These account for revenue of over $4 billion and almost 20% of our annual Gross State Product. These organizations provide essential health and human services, arts and culture, community development, environmental stewardship, and a host of other services in every county of the state.This new report goes well beyond the numbers. It looks at the impressions Vermonters have of the nonprofit world and the pulse of the sector through the eyes of our nonprofit leaders. Those leaders are concerned about declining levels of support, but they remain resilient and committed to providing services even as they cut staff and other operating costs. The report also indicated that as nonprofits struggle to meet their budgets, economic pressures from the loss of traditional funding streams seem to be moving many leaders to think in more creative and entrepreneurial ways.The report comes at a pivotal time, when the basic role of each major sector’government, nonprofit, and for-profit’is being re-examined in the light of new economic realities.‘The more we can understand about the nonprofit sector’s current challenges, the better we can concentrate our resources on building its strength and developing opportunities,’ explains Vermont Community Foundation President & CEO Stuart Comstock-Gay. ‘This is particularly critical now, as our nation’s economic struggle put new strains on nonprofits to deliver more with less.’The Vermont Community Foundation has been dedicated to the growth of philanthropic resources that sustain healthy and vital Vermont communities since its founding in 1986. It worked closely with the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont and Common Good Vermont to conduct the surveys and interviews that provided the basis for the report’s findings. Vermont’s Nonprofit Sector is part of the Foundation’s Understanding Vermont series, and is available at www.understandingvt.org(link is external) Source: (MIDDLEBURY) Vermont Community Foundation. 12.15.2010last_img read more

Telkomsel records surge in data traffic, use over Idul Fitri

first_img“As a connectivity enabler, Telkomsel has tried to ensure that each customer can still [reach out] in silaturahmi (spirit of kinship) and remain connected with loved ones, despite having to do so from home,” Setyanto said in a written statement released on Wednesday.As Telkomsel customers turned to digital means to connect with their loved ones during Idul Fitri, the company recorded a steep hike of 75.4 percent in mobile data use compared to normal days.Messaging service WhatsApp recorded the biggest increase during the holiday compared to other messaging apps, with usage up 49.2 percent.Social media platforms still dominated data use at 30.8 percent, showing an uptick of 3.6 percent from normal use.  Telkomsel also noted unusually high data traffic in Greater Jakarta, which typically emptied during the holiday as people left for their hometowns on mudik. Instead, it recorded a 60.9 percent yoy surge in data traffic in the area.In correlation, annual mudik destinations recorded fewer arrivals among Telkomsel customers.The company’s customer tracking data showed a decline in arrivals of 77 percent in West Java, 83 percent in Central Java and 83 percent in East Java compared to 2019 figures. Setyanto added that Telkomsel would continue to expand its quality, capacity and coverage to provide better data services to customers.The statement said the company had expanded its network to 436 points of interest, focusing on improved coverage in residential areas, hospitals and transportation hubs.Topics : Telkomsel saw its mobile data traffic soar during Idul Fitri on May 24 to 25, as customers nationwide used digital platforms to connect with family and friends over the Muslim holiday while adhering to the stay-at-home policy.The mobile network operator and subsidiary of state-owned telecommunications giant Telkom recorded a peak increase of 22.8 percent to 26.7 petabytes (PB) in mobile data traffic during Idul Fitri, and a year-on-year (yoy) increase of 42.1 percent compared to the same period in 2019.Telkomsel president director Setyanto Hantoro noted that many customers celebrated Idul Fitri differently this year because of the COVID-19 epidemic, which had prompted people to stay at home instead of traveling on the annual mudik (exodus).last_img read more