Community Impact

Community Impact

By its very mission, Diakon is concerned about the community. Since 1868, Diakon's services have been focused on improving the lives of people in need, particularly individuals with limited financial resources. That service therefore has a significant impact on society as a whole.

But community benefit also refers to the way we make a difference beyond direct service, especially in terms of concern for those with lower incomes or other limited resources. Community impact arises from our innate concern for the communities we serve—for not only the neighbors we directly serve, but also for their neighbors.

Community benefit reflects our responsibility for improving the overall fabric of society, a response to the trust placed in us through the granting of tax-exempt status.

In 2015, our quantified community impact was more than $20.36 million, with extensive additional impact not reported financially based on national guidelines—a significant increase over 2014 figure of $19.6 million.

Moreover, even that additional impact does not take into account the societal benefits associated with our responsible employment of nearly 2,000 people, which includes competitive wages and a generous benefits package. Beyond the taxes they pay within their local communities, these staff members are not only dedicated employees of Diakon, but also share a giving spirit. In addition to their individual support of charitable organizations, they also collectively support Diakon programs each year in the neighborhood of $100,000.

Thumbnail Image To learn more about Diakon's extensive impact on the communities in which it serves, we invite you to read our annual Community Impact Report You can also download the report here.

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