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Earlier this week, United Way of Greater Los Angeles became the first organization to join a unique effort to empower and garner widespread support for the nation’s nonprofit sector.

Led by Gary Wexler, a lecturer at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and former president of Passion Marketing for Issues and Causes, the “Nonprofit Revolution Now!” campaign is seeking to collect 100,000 signatures for a petition urging President Obama to mention the nonprofit industry during his annual State of the Union address on February 12.

According to the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., nonprofits contributed $779 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010 while accounting for 9% of the economy’s wages and more than 10% of jobs in 2009.

NRN believes that a successful campaign could “super-charge the philanthropic environment in this country, motivating more people than ever to support the causes we all work so hard to build.” 

To sign the official Nonprofit Revolution Now online petition, please click here.