Comments for Community Foundation of Grundy County Bridging people who care with causes that matter Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on $10,000 for a new nonprofit? by Heidi Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:39:51 +0000 I would have to disagree. if I would have started GRO with $10,000 it would have just made it easier from the get go. Working and networking to raise money is part of the non profit job, and most know this and hopefully find a board member who is good at that aspect and can help.

The one thing most organizations are missing is someone who lives or has lived in that situation. The boards are filled with well established business people in the community who want to help but have never experienced the shame, guilt, humbleness it takes to walk in to an organization and ask for food, help with rent or a utility.

This man has lived the situation and found his way out, I feel his chance at being successful is far better than the successful person who just wants to do good. Can that person do it? sure. But do they understand all the issues facing the homeless like this man does? probably not.

I would love to give a presentation where those that come are given one of my client’s “lives” for a couple of hours. they will learn what the person makes, what their rent and utilities are, and what they have left after bills are paid. I want them to figure out how to make ends meet. Every person involved in a non profit should understand what each person goes through, then they can really begin to help.

I applaud this man for wanting to start an organization to address something so close to his heart, something he has experienced.

Comment on $10,000 for a new nonprofit? by Don Phillips Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:55:00 +0000 Well said, Julie. I have been involved in the start up of three non-profits and they are WORK. More work than I have the time to put in, which is why I was “involved” and not organizing. All three were developed to address specific needs and were have been very successful. One was so successful, and the need and response so great, that they needed to partner with a larger, more established non-profit to handle the work load and successfully distribute the funds collected. The amount of administrative work required to organize a non-profit is beyond most people’s understanding or expertise, and the work required to maintain the organization doesn’t go away after the excitement of doing something great. By partnering with an established organization, the administrative requirements can be shouldered by the organizational resources already in place, allowing the person or group seeking to help others to focus their efforts, and funds, on delivering the help. Grundy County is blessed with several organizations, not the least of which is the Community Foundation of Grundy County, well positioned to support the needs of our residents. By doing a little homework, a person seeking to “give back” or “pay it forward” can find an organizations ready, willing, and able to turn a donor’s philanthropic dreams into supportive reality.