I wish I could say every charity operates beyond reproach, however there are recent cases where governance volunteers and executive management have failed to be vigilant executing their fiduciary roles and responsibilities. These situations highlight that goodwill is not sufficient and nonprofit leaders need to arm themselves with the knowledge, skills and aptitude when assuming their respective roles.
The principle of equal opportunity or non-discrimination emphasizes that all people, including children, have access to quality education, health care, recreation, sport and resource distribution (e.g. food, shelter, clothing), and other areas irrespective of a person's age, race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, or any other individual or group characteristic. If we believe the principle is the correct one to live by in Canada we ought to be making greater strides to eliminate child poverty.
Sometimes people attempt to meet the needs of family members, employers, children, friends, or society in general before meeting their own needs, and working to please and care for others often interferes with one's self-care routine and can take a toll on a person's well-being.
It takes many people to move a cause forward because every individual performance rests on the combined support of every employee, volunteer and donor. Charities need choirs not rockstars.
I may be an outlier on the debate that charity success should NOT be measured by a percentage of administrative overhead or specifically using the traditional 10% marker. So, let me share some of my thoughts why...
Below are some things we can all do at home and work to shine a light on the volunteers in our lives.
As well written the PMG document can be, it is important to address a caveat to enable the Prospect Management Guidelines (PMG) and the team to achieve their intended purpose. The caveat being 'creating a culture of trust and transparency'. This can't be imbedded into the document per se, but cultivated by a committed group working together each and every day.
"...what is the vision/mission/purpose of the organization, what was the strategy to achieve the vision and mission, governance structure, what were the objectives for the year and what was accomplished (including challenges, risks, issues), financial and non-financial highlights and what is the organization's plan moving forward..." "Transparency and accuracy of the reporting is essential in telling the charity's story and building trust amongst stakeholders and donors."
Thanks to the millions of marchers who took to the streets on January 21, 2017, in over 600 cities worldwide... shared values are being defended and a new movement has begun. To me, the Million Women March represents the best of solidarity and community. But marching isn't enough. That's why on Monday we all need to keep the momentum going.