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Targeting in Social Programs – Not Just for Government Organizations

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

A critique on public opinion regarding the efficacy of non-profit organizations in distributing aid.

Non-profit organizations have the potential to be an invaluable resource in combating many social problems that exist in our modern society. A shrinking middle class and a struggling economy have contributed to many people seeking out help from non-profits. Many of these people are, for the first time, experiencing a situation in which unemployment, lack of access to health care, or the loss of their home, and old biases against non-profit organizations as “too fat” or “wasteful” have been abandoned in wake of the need of the services provided.

This major intellectual paradigm shift among the upper middle class has been the side effect of some very unfortunate events. However, in a down economy, it is vital that non-profit organizations (NPO’S) continue to receive donations from the surviving middle and upper class. Members of these classes have not experienced the same negative impact from the economic downturn, and thus, many are skeptical that donating money to a non-profit is an effective means to get money or services into the hands of those who need it most.

To combat this, the best recommendation would be for non-profit organizations to examine the targeting that they use when delivering these services. Outside of the obvious methods of trimming waste from the bureaucracy of some larger NPO’s, the best method in effectually cutting waste would be better targeting in who receives the aid that is available. Two methods, discussed largely in the context of eliminating government waste in social programs by Richard J. Zeckhauser in ‘Targeting in Social Programs: Avoiding Bad Bets, Removing Bad Apples’, are extremely applicable to NPO’s as well: avoiding making bad bets in allocating funds, and identifying bad apples as individuals that are not truly in need of help.

“Bad bets”, for example, might be people who are requesting long term aid but are likely to obtain work in the near future. NPO’s can extend short term aid to these individuals, but they are not a good bet for long term aid, because the likelihood of overlap between help from the non-profit and compensation from work is high. “Bad apples”, on the other hand, require NPO’s to better screen candidates for those who truly do not need aid. Requiring more verification or paperwork, while adding time to the approval process, would be one example of a method of combating bad apples.

While the implementation is different for each non-profit organization, the concepts commonly iterated behind better targeting in government social programs are extremely applicable to non-profits, and should be considered a good place to start when a NPO wants to be able to combat the popular view that non-profit organizations are inherently uneconomical.

Kelley Scott is a free-lance writer/blogger from Chicago, IL

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Fund raising in non-profit organizations

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

It deals with strategies and methods involving the fund raising of non-profit organizations

Fund raising has always been an issue for most non-profit organizations. It is also a limiting factor in the reach and functioning capacity of the organization. A regular flow of funds is required to keep the organization in its tracks. All non-profit organizations should have a definite policy towards fund raising. Though fund raising is no easy job, it can be managed well with steady flow of funds and quality capital, all made possible with some fore planning and good execution.

Everything starts from the administration of the organization itself. The goals of the organization must be clearly set and should be viable for effective propaganda and response. For example, a group that simply says “save the trees” or “cancer research foundation” is going to pass up as just another organization. This should not be the case. The goals and achievements of the organization must clearly be seen from anybody’s perspective. It is what sets the targets and urges people to contribute funds. A good spokesperson and contact personnel are a must.

Managing the collected funds is another important factor. The contributors would also like to see how their money is being used up. A good team capable of budget planning is required. It can also be done by another third party. But it is better to keep the management of funds transparent as that itself can be used as a propaganda tool effectively.

A fully dedicated team of people is required to be set up for the sole purpose of fund raising. It must consist of planners, team leaders, liaisons, creative designers, advertisers and special people who can raise funds using their skills or status (e.g. Celebrities). This team must foresee and execute the various plans made towards fund raising. They must identify potential targets and decide on the way of approach. Having an effective team solely for this purpose can be the difference between efficiency and bankruptcy.

Target identification is the step involving the identification of the people from which the organization can raise funds. The most important target group will be the people who are directly connected with the goal of the organization (e.g. Persons affected by cancer are viable target groups for cancer research institutes). Other important target groups are business tycoons, general public, politicians, stars, celebrities and so on. Employing different methods for each of these groups are vital for success.

The methods that can be used for fund raising vary from simple handouts and posters to mega campaigns. But in order to be effective, it must be target specific. The common methods that can be employed are posters, handouts, TV shows, rallies, ads, demonstrations, campaigns etc. General public can be campaigned with posters and rallies, as well as mass media. A single TV show covering the activities of the organization can generate a lot of funds. Creative ads and posters in net can be a great propaganda tool (e.g. Green Peace ads). Corporate companies can be made to contribute by striking deals so that they can use the publicity and the organization can use the funds. Billionaires can be canvassed for donations. Having a celebrity in the organization can work wonders. In this age of social networking, a good ad in websites like Twitter can be very effective.

There are also other sources like fund raising shows, but it all comes to how the organization effectively uses them to further spread their propaganda. Instead of focusing on the immediate requirements, a definite long term policy and a good administration system towards fund raising can get any non-profit organization free from financial woes.

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Consultancy Guidance Notes of Volunteering Impact of NGOs

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

Focus on non-profit organizations, associations, and management of non-profit organizations.

Focus on non-profit organizations, associations, and management of non-profit organizations.

Volunteerism which is otherwise called a Good Samaritan Service. Volunteers and Non profit Organizations take the yoke on their back to serve the nations irrespective caste and creed or any nations.

At the same time we need to analyze the impact of volunteerism on targeting the developmental goals. The impact study has to be made from the past to the present with the achievement and success , what hinders the development and what defects and deficiency faced by the Voluntary organization. Moreover, the studies of the above has to evolve the methodology to solve the deficiencies and defects. Consultancy Guidance Note on Methodology to assess the impact of volunteerism on development goal has to be discussed elaborately.

At the time of war or havoc such as calamities, earthquake, flood and Tsunami, a numerous doctors, nurses and engineers and scientists and teachers are engaged to the spot with the help of Non Profit Organizations to help the sick, the injured, the disabled and the handicapped and the downtrodden the displaced and the neglected and so on.

The growth of the volunteerism has started with main focus on environment and development from 20th century onwards. The formation of Volunteering groups and NGOs have prepared the plans and projects for combating the cause of depletion and degradation of land, erosion of soil and deterioration of forests etc., and they mainly concentrated on the developing countries to solve the problems. They understood the real problem arises due to poverty in the poor countries that cause entire damage to the environment. Similarly they have discovered that the over production and overconsumption will lead to desperate condition of greater pollution and climate change.

Starting from the year 1972 the UNCED in Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit has opened eyes of all nations to hold new North and South discussions.
Steps have been taken to focus the poor people in poor countries for their survival.

North and South relationship has increased the funds and assistance to the environment and development initiatives as discussed at Rio. The NGOs from the developing nations utilized the funds available to the success of the above initiatives

However ,NGOs had not fulfilled their ambition of the rich countries due to rapid population and migration and fragile eco systems which needed more effective volunteering planning and programmes.

Concerning the issue of air and water pollution and waste disposal all developing countries face difficulties. The ecological challenges are huge to be solved there with the help of NGOs but here too huge amount of fund requires. The NGOs are not able to raise fund from local contribution.

In the year 1992, a study concluded the key issue who controls the resources and need Technical solutions. World Bank required environmental assessment of its projects.
In poor countries there are still too many giant aid projects such as highly controversial dams that are displacing entire communities in Thailand, Argentina and India. Even the thousands of smaller projects with the lofty goals of electrification, irrigation and reforestation often backfire.

The foreign aid given to the NGOs was utilized with much care for promoting equitable and participatory development. Their accountability and transparency was questioned by the authorities.

UN studies revealed in certain countries misuse of the fund to their loans .

Viable plans already exist. The development assistance to be ensured to the poor women, the landless, subsistence producers, migrants and other who need it most and can use.

Environmental and developmental groups commonly called NGO offered less environmental protection . NGOs are calling for the restoration and strengthening the UN centre on transnational corporations which would set and enforce regulations and international corporate actively.

A Few tips of Technical proposal for promoting Volunteerism of the NGOs

Volunteerism on Development necessitates

Field visit with a number of evaluators and to monitoring the place very often.

Submission of detailed report of those needy and deserve assistance have to be given to the authorities.

The micro level planning and action plan has to be prepared from the village concerned not by the top level authorities.

Review of requirement to the actual local condition situation should be analysed.

The authority may be held responsible for the defects and deficiency or corruption should be notified public and their seriousness of their mistake must be made known to everywhere.

There should be clear cut review for the public contribution which is collected from the beneficiaries

The village which has grown with the help of volunteerism may be taken as model to draw a design to other places

Sustainable and Environmentally development has not been carried out instead economic urgency is fulfilled.

Some NGOs acting in a business line are to be blacklisted.

Indigenous knowledge is to be given much attendance by the authorities encouraging Rural Participatory Approach for planning and implementation of project.

Higher officials and experts have to consult with the local area people for their estimate and measurement of the work for some reasons.

The North finds South with disparity or sometimes impose sanctions or awards will decrease the planning activities.

Technical know how is very limited to pass in the developing countries by the developed nations through NGOs.

Population pressure does not make field motivators of the NGOs to stop functioning in a dejected way.

significantly, a NGO as a non profit making organization should reveal transparency and accountability in their volunteerism

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Non Profit Organizations at a Glance

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

The running of Non Profit Organizations

The term trading means the exchange of goods and services with a view of making profits. The sole trader concern, partnership business and all other forms of organizations commence business with the view of profit making or wealth making. So they are known as trading concerns and apart from this there are some institutions like hospitals, educational institutions, cooperative societies, trade unions, trade associations, public art organization etc. which are non trading organization. These sort of nonprofit making organizations are established with a view of providing services and not with the object of profit making. An organization that does not distribute its surplus funds to its owners or shareholders is called NPO or nonprofit making organization. These organizations make use of the surplus to pursue its goals. The definition of the nonprofit making organizations remains the same though with slight variations. The advantage that this sort of organization enjoys over other organizations is that they are exempt from income and property taxation.

Now the question arises, who owns these sorts of organizations? The basic difference arises from the mode of ownership itself. The profit making organizations may be owned privately or by shareholders etc but in the case of the nonprofit making organizations the ownership is entrusted in the controlling members or with the boards. So these sorts of organizations are wholly managed and run by the so called members or the boards. The nonprofit making organization also makes surplus, these surpluses are retained by the organization and is used for self-preservation, expansions and developments. These organizations are also like the profit making organization in the mode of operation as they also keep an eye on the management, performance, accountability and transparency of the organization.

Apart from the profit making organization, nonprofit making organizations often take up the form of charities or service organizations. They may be setup as a nonprofit corporation or as a trust or as a cooperative. They are also called as foundations or endowments. The name foundations can be tagged to nonprofit corporation or volunteer organizations or grass roots groups.

Their appearance and name in the internet is also different. These sites don’t use the common domain name of .com but instead they make use of domain names like .org, .edu, .museum or .corp. The formation of this sort of organization differs from country to country. In each and every country they have their own rules and regulations governing the nonprofit making organization.

There are a large number of nonprofit making organizations aiming at the social welfare of the society. The best example of a nonprofit making organization is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the US.

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Learning About Non-Profits

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

This article is about a specific non-profit organization, the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.

The nonprofit agency I chose to write about is the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. They are trying to simply trying to prevent hunger by providing food for food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other programs to feed the hungry. They accept discounted and donated food and distribute it to 220 emergency food programs, as well as operate two programs: the BackPack Program and the Foodmobile program. The first helps hunger in low-income school districts and the later increases access to food in rural and under-resourced communities. There are food banks all over the country and I feel like their attempts to provide food and eliminate hunger are very effective.

The Eastern Illinois Food bank is having a program called “lose weight and feed your community” which donates 11 cents to Feeding America for every pound a person pledges to lose through March 31, 2011. This is a beneficial cause which can encourage families who may have overweight parents or kids to exercise and donate money for their good efforts. Kids need strong, healthy, role models so it is important that they see the parents exercise and eat right and this program could give those parents more incentive to do so. At a local level these programs can help advocate a healthy lifestyle as well as stopping hunger. Since there are food banks all over, they work together to implement change on a national level yet each one focuses solely on their areas.

Non-profit organizations are very important because they usually work in order to benefit basic human needs instead of focusing on their own profits! Especially organizations such as the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, they help to provide food to needy families as well as school districts of poor communities. They work hard to help people in need which I think is a very valuable asset to a company’s success! Fund raising proposals are important in non-profits such as the food bank because they do not make money on their own. Therefore, these companies need to focus on charity projects and getting donations in order to raise money. At the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, both monetary and food donations are always welcome!

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Finding (and Keeping) Great Volunteers for Non-Profits

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

Tips on how to recruit and retain volunteers in non-profit organizations.

Finding (and Keeping) Great Volunteers for Non-Profits

Good managers in non-profit organizations have always known that people are their greatest resource. In today’s challenging economy, non-profit groups are becoming increasingly reliant upon their volunteers to continue operations. Many tasks and roles previously filled by paid staffers are now filled by volunteers, and the new challenge facing non-profit managers and boards is how to attract and retain high-quality volunteers.

When looking for volunteers, non-profits need to be very clear about what type of person or group they are looking for, what specific task or role they would like accomplished and how unpaid workers will fit into their organizational team and objectives. It’s important to develop a clear job description for volunteers so that all parties involved understand expectations up front. It’s not uncommon for potential volunteers, especially highly skilled ones, to have a number of opportunities to choose from. Make sure your organization looks appealing and professional when soliciting help.

Think about what is going to inspire a bright, motivated individual to spend unpaid time helping your organization. Think about why someone would choose your non-profit to work with, and what benefits and experiences you can offer to a volunteer. Also, make plans for how to retain a great volunteer. Set up an ongoing volunteer recognition system to encourage people to continue with your organization. Things like thank-you cards and homemade gifts are usually appreciated, however it’s also important to take the time to get to know what’s really important to your volunteers. For example, if a person is trying to gain admission to a college, offer to write a recommendation letter for them. This type of ‘thank-you’ doesn’t cost your organization anything, but it can go a long way towards generating positive thoughts among volunteers.

Other considerations…

If you manage in a unionized organization, make sure to explore any possible concerns with using unpaid staff relative to the current union contract. Few things will drive away volunteers faster than becoming involved in labor disputes. Also, make sure that all your paid staff are clear about the need for, and roles of volunteers. Talking openly with the staff members of your non-profit will help alleviate any concerns they have about being replaced by unpaid workers. It’s important that all members of your organization, paid and unpaid, clearly understand their role within the staff team.

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Change for the Children

Another in a series of articles related to association management selected from our reading list by:
Robert O. Patterson, JD
CEO/ Principal
The Center for Association Resources, Inc.

Non-profit organization for children, run by the Jonas Brothers.

There are a great deal of amazing non-profit organizations out there that do great work and have a positive impact on society, but my favorite non-profit organization is one run by the Jonas Brothers called Change for the Children. Each one of the brothers has a different cause that they support. Nick’s cause is childhood diabetes, because it is something that he, too, suffers from. Joe’s cause is Special Olympics and Kevin’s cause is volunteerism. Kevin, Nick and Joe all work together to make the change they want to see in the world possible, and they make it possible for fans to get involved as well in a great many ways.

The program is based on kids helping other kids who are less fortunate. All the money raised by Change for the Children actually goes to the kids who need it the most, not the Jonas Brothers. Many times, children can feel alone in the world and feel like no one else is going through what they are going through. Initially, this is how Nick Jonas felt when he was diagnosed with childhood diabetes, and it is what inspired him to start this non-profit organization in the first place. He wants to help kids get connected with other kids who are going through similar situations, so that they can be a support system for each other. He said that by doing so, they are “improving the quality of life”.

The organization offers many ways for those to get involved to actually get out there and do something. The organization’s website offers ideas, such as organizing a walk or run for those affected by diabetes or those who are disabled. If you do not have time to organize a run or walk, the website for the organization offers shirts and necklaces that you can purchase. All of the profits from the shirts and necklaces does go for diabetic children in need.

Many people think the Jonas Brothers are just another teenage fad, but in all honesty, they are doing something great for their fans and children across the country. They are the brains behind Change for the Children, and have made many donations and contributions to help kids in need all across America and in other countries as well. They are helping to make the changes they wanted to see reality and they are getting fans involved as well. Change for the Children is a non-profit organization that I support now, and I hope you will too.

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