Limited funding is a primary example of challenges faced by human service organizations. Human service organizations must bring awareness to the services they provide to gain support from stakeholders outside of governmental funding. Investing in organizational technology can provide inexpensive programs that allow efficient real time reporting and tracking. To be successful and continue to provide services within their communities human service organizations must move out of their comfort zone and become proactive in obtaining financial donations. This paper will share solutions for organizations in our community.
Challenges of Funding
Funding is a major challenge for non-profit organizations because their base is servicing needs of the community; there is little focus on making a profit. Non-profit organizations goals are to generate enough funding to maintain services, re-invest in their communities, and provide employees with an up-to-date education and training to service their clients. Non-profit organizations are faced with maintaining funding to continue servicing their communities. Government has become a defined source of funding for non-profit organizations. The problem with government funding is non-profit organizations are challenged when government funding policies change and budgets are cut. Non-profit organizations must become more creative with maintaining funding felt by agencies when policy changes and budget cuts are experienced.
Non-profit organizations rely on volunteers, community groups, and citizens to assist their organization. In addition to government funding, non-profit organizations are dependent on external stakeholders to make donations. Although this funding is essential to the organization, external stakeholders exercise significant influences on the organization’s operations (Akingbola, 2006). One of many challenges non-profit organization are faced with is the different perceptions stakeholders may have for the organizations. Non-profit organizations are different from for-profit organizations. Organizational performance measures are limited in the non-profit world. In for-profit organizations, the bottom line is the primary focus for measuring the health of the organization. In a non-profit organization, the focus is more on how well they meet their mission when servicing the community. Non-profit organizations must develop financial goals in addition to services measurement to ensure the organization is financially healthy and meeting the goals of their mission.
Awareness is one of the most effective means to solving funding problems in organizations. Local news and radio stations, as well as, newspapers are often informing the public of trusts that are created to help people in need. People will often donate to causes and organizations in their community if they are aware of the need. Newspapers, news and radio stations will, periodically, follow-up with the results and success of the fundraising efforts to the public. Depending on the privacy restrictions of the organization, using volunteers instead of traditional employees can greatly decrease the strain on the organization’s salary budget. The organization can train the volunteers to perform the same tasks that traditional employees perform. The organization can draft a contract for volunteers that will clearly state that volunteers will assume all responsibility for any privileged information they divulge. This will clearly convey the privacy requirements and their importance to the volunteers and possibly release the organization of any legal responsibilities for violations.
Technological Tools that Assist in Resolving the Issue(s)
Using a Microsoft grant program is a great way to help the organization with knowledge and resources for non-profit organizations to assist in resolving issues. Microsoft is a technology organization that provides tools, software, programs, and technologies to life. To advocate on the internet is a good example of how the tools would help the organization in providing information of the mission, goal, and services of the organization. The best tool is to be able to implement programs to help the organization with its financial situation and gain assistance from the community and other agencies. Having a technology plan with tools available is the best way to assist in resolving the issues at hand.
Solution Used in an Organization and Its Possible Impact
Using software will greatly affect the organization’s service to the community because it can keep the organization’s finances organized by recording the organization’s revenue, liabilities, and accounts payable electronically instead of using account ledgers. The same software can keep track of inventory for each fiscal quarter; reports generated by the software can help the staff stay on track and keep the finances of the organization in order. The second solution useful for the non-profit organization would be a website created to display the mission, vision, and goals the organization wants to share and show the surrounding community. This website would also display the different services and programs that the organization provides to the community. This website can provide the public with a visual insight on the functions on how the organization helps the clients, the staff, and the community.
T his paper discussed challenges to non-profit human service organizations. The primary challenge discussed was funding. The solutions to help alleviate this challenge discussed were raising awareness of the organization’s presence in the community and its need. Other solutions were enlisting the help of volunteers instead of hiring employees. Using a Microsoft grant program was discussed as a technological tool to assist in the organization’s operations. Finally, the paper discussed the implications that these solutions would have on the organization.
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