Non-Profits Being Hit
Seems that times are a changing for non-profits, we’ve heard recently that budgeting services have had funding cuts, now we’re hearing that other social agencies will have to ”disclose” details about the people they assit in order to maintain funding levels.
Some of the changes may not appear too bad, with some explanation being for the changes being that it is a way to help reduce operational, backroom costs; something that is perhaps needed. But is a heavy handed approach, as these changes seem to be, the way to go?
There’s no denying that there are duplication of services being provided within the non-profit sector, with each competing for a slice of the funding pie.
If there are several organisations working in the same space, it would make sense where possible for them to work closer to help reduce oerational costs. And, yes, there are organisations now working more closely to help reduce overall costs, but more could still be done.
When it comes to disclosure of client information, names, addresses, gender etc, this becomes worrying.
With some organisations assisting vunerable people being asked to provide such personal information in order to gain or maintain funding it screams of Big Brother.
What’s wrong with the way things have done previously, a summary of clients assisted seems to have worked well.
What will Government agencies use the personal information for?
How will clients, particularly those who are vulnerable, victims of crime etc react, will it cause some to not seek help out of fear of their personal information being misused (lost)?
Will your organisation be affected by these changes?
If you support organisations that maybe affected by these changes, will this have any impact on your continued support?
Questions need to be asked of Government agencies as to what are the REAL purposes of these changes?