Delaware Nonprofit Board Members and Leaders: It is Time
These past few weeks have left many social impact leaders feeling anxious and uncertain about what is ahead for the people and causes they serve. Swift changes enacted by the new Trump Administration, and promises of even greater change in the future, are raising many questions. The challenges our State leaders face with an escalating annual budget gap adds to the tumultuous feeling. In times like these, some may think it is best to stay focused on the present, get the work done, and wait this out.
You can’t. It is time to act.
Now is the time to check the resiliency of your organization to weather possible shifts in regulation and funding. Is your funding diversified well enough to absorb shifts in grants and contracts? Will your clients be able to access your services if the changes you anticipate occur?
Now is the time to sharpen the case for support as government and donors set priorities for allocating their dollars. Remind them how your organization creates jobs, impacts tourism, creates a community that attracts businesses, saves lives, educates children, reduces recidivism, saves tax payer dollars, creates a better future for our kids, (add in your impact here!).
Now is the time to reach out to your local, state and federal representatives and senators to educate them on the important cause you support, and the impact regulatory or funding changes could have on your organization’s ability to serve, or your client’s ability to access your services.
Now is the time to encourage other volunteers in the organization to do the same. To share the meaningful work they do, and the lives they positively impact.
Now is the time to ask your partners to join you in highlighting how your alliance has a multiplying effect in achieving outcomes. Together you and your partner’s staff, volunteers and clients represent a sizeable portion of your community, and can raise attention to your representatives the importance of sustaining your work.
Now is the time to speak up about possible changes to the charitable gift deduction – a stimulus to encourage giving for individuals which is at risk with the pending tax code re-write; to speak up about possible federal spending reductions that impact your mission and the people you support; to raise awareness on the need to increase revenue sources at the State level to finance the investments required to achieve the desired quality of life here in Delaware.
Once the regulations are passed, once the tax code is rewritten, the funding allocations are set. It will be too late.