Salvation Army's Community Centers Add $15M+ to Local Economy

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center has a halo around it, according to one report.

Research conducted by Partners for Sacred Places with support from McClanahan Associates, Inc. concluded that the nonprofit made a “significant economic impact” on the Philadelphia community – its “halo effect” – by contributing more than $15 million to the area with its programs, spending and more in 2014.

The report, released in May, showed that the largest impact was from direct spending, totaling $5,433,070, while magnet impact – which accounts for the amount spent by both in- and out-of-town visitors – made a large contribution at $1,713,482.

The report also looked at the impact of the organization's construction spending, as well as its initiatives like health and fitness, daycare, safety net and outdoor recreation.

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