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Hundreds of nonprofits close shop, rethink ways to serve

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- A shrinking pool of local money is forcing the city's nonprofits to rethink business as usual or close up shop, which hundreds have done.

With as many as 1,800 nonprofits, Hamilton County was once thought of as a Tennessee nonprofit mecca, according to officials at the United Way Center for Nonprofits.

The city's downtown makeover in the 1980s and '90s was shepherded by hundred of millions of private dollars funneled through local nonprofits, and millions more have been pumped into attempts at education reforms, arts resurgence, business recruitment and food education.

That was then. Using Internal Revenue Service data released this year, the United Way Center for Nonprofits discovered there are only 960 nonprofits in Hamilton County and, among larger metropolitan counties in Tennessee, Hamilton now has the fewest total number of nonprofits.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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