If you are a leader of a local chapter of a Carl Kruse focuses on people who make the world better , you may often feel that your hands are tied. Answer those questions.
Does your chapter increase all of its own money? Do you compose, produce and distribute your personal newsletters, pamphlets and brochures? Do you cover dues in as much as 25% to a federal office staffed by people you’ve never met? Have you been asked for input in forming the company’s policies; or are decisions made, declared and then explained away? Could you name at least five major research projects financed in the previous two years where results will have significant lasting effects? Can you name any? When you have questions, do you receive actual or scripted answers? What’s more, do you understand the wages of all employees in the federal level?
As a part of a complex and frequently overlooked industry, non-profits can form themselves in many ways that would never be permitted in the company sector. That is why, in part, why there’s an issue from the non-profit industry of having too many businesses providing the same services – otherwise known as “duplication of services”. Too much money is being thrown away that may otherwise earn a difference. It is time to realize that independent chapters are ineffective.
There is a movement in the non-profit industry to come together, work together and bridge the resource divide between most of non-profits. Sharing resources and data that have been territorial in nature among non-profits is presently a fantastic idea. However this has to start from within. Reach across country lines to your sister phases. Use a part of your chapter’s funds, if you can, to take a visit to the federal office. Sit down together to talk about your opinions, not theirs. Be company on this! Bring the whole chapter board should you will need to. Bear in mind, you are not there to hear their compliments and/or what was already mentioned in the memos. If you’d like answers, you’re eligible for them. You were the one who drove 30 miles to produce a high-value meal. It was among your board members that washed 400 cars on a hot sunny summer afternoon. It was a member from your chapter who ran 12 miles along with your t-shirt on, when, just a year ago, she couldn’t walk up a flight of steps.
You’ve got a whole lot to be proud of! The spirit that brought you into this field is what is going to fix the problems we confront in the years ahead. The demand for charitable services is just going to grow while available funds decrease. We are in need of a new strategy, a new version. We do not have the time or cash to reorganize and reallocate and restructure. Just start now! Ask to sit in on each national board meeting. Produce a communication plan. Collect together your peers and approach the national level with a unified petition to include you and other chapter leaders. Give to chair a committee on enhanced chapter communications, social networking integration, research policy review or non-profit networking. In the very least, know the direction in which each and every penny out of your chapter goes. Just how much of it goes toward wages, how much toward research, how much toward admin, and also just how much toward legal penalties? You hold as much weight, as much significance, as the person who’s currently getting all of the credit.