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Funding and Hurricane Florence

Many people want to donate after a hurricane and it is certainly appreciated by nonprofits, churches, and organizations overwhelmed with those who need help. In a catastrophe like Florence, money can come from:

  • Politicians (don’t count on it)
  • Government agencies (fill out paperwork to populate their databases)
  • Businesses (sometimes for business purposes)
  • Foundations (what about next year’s funding)
  • Individuals (sincere giving)
  • Probably others I may have missed

Regardless where the money comes from, nonprofits should review the conditions for accepting any money. Most of the time, the conditions only require supporting those in need after the catastrophe. However, conditions can be more restrictive and bind the nonprofit to future initiatives that may not be in their best interest. If there are any concerns with the conditions, do not negotiate and reject the money.

This may be hard to do with someone trying to give money for a worthy cause, but it will be harder to later meet conditions that violate the nonprofit’s mission. If the money is accepted, the details should be recorded in a spreadsheet.

All money associated with the catastrophe should be kept separate from money for operations. It may be tempting to delay this recording of income and expenses with everything happening almost at once. But, take the time and don’t just dump everything into the general account.

More important than anything, a nonprofit should not get involved in recovery efforts beyond their mission or capabilities. This catastrophe should not be used as a means to expand into other areas of need, despite the pleas to do so. It will only lead the nonprofit off the side of a cliff with a guarantee of failure for all involved.

Many people want to give money after a catastrophe. Nonprofits should focus on what they are capable of doing, accept money that will temporarily increase their services, partner with other organizations, and then return to normal operations.

Florence

Nice name, not a nice storm.

This blog is about the hurricane since I live in New Bern, NC. My wife and I evacuated on Wednesday to Richmond, VA where we had family. We came home Sunday afternoon to no electricity and piles of rubble and debris everywhere. Flood waters were not far away.

The picture is an 80 foot pine about 35 feet from our house. If it had fallen the other way, it would have destroyed part of our house. While we were fortunate, I feel bad because several houses in our neighborhood were flooded and many homes had trees leaning on them or through them. Fortunately, no one got hurt because many in the neighborhood evacuated.

The big debate of whether to stay or go happened on Tuesday when Hurricane Florence was a category 3. Some did not evacuate, although they had money and places to go.

A thousand theses can be written on why people choose to stay during a hurricane. I have been in category 2 hurricanes and it is stressful when trees are coming down outside. I have sat in a dark house wondering if the next tree to fall will come through the house or some debris slam through a window.

New Bern and the surrounding area will recover thanks to people across the U.S. who came to volunteer and many others through their donations. An interesting note: This afternoon, the remnants of Florence brought tornadoes near Richmond. The hotel we were staying in became a shelter for those seeking safety.

Visibility in all that green

Come to this blog every Monday evening for a new, blog post!

I’ll write about my attempts at creative writing that include writing short stories and self published novels. I will also blog about the business side of creative writing such as finding a market to send short stories to and how do I really self publish a novel (an adventure onto itself).

I will also blog about my experiences writing grants for local nonprofits.

I am certainly not an expert at any of these endeavors (I’m not sure what qualifies as an expert and maybe I am one). But, I have hope that I can bring something someone would find useful.

Where are the words?

This is my first blog post

I found them. They were in the back of my mind trying to escape being written down. They were afraid they would be the first words of an unsuspecting blog and head into a nova storm of almost infinite, parallel blogs.

My undefinable muse caught my words and made them confess to being my words and not someone else’s. Now, they are the first words in an unsuspecting blog.

This blog will be a chaotic ride. I am still working on the website learning software codes and designs. So, more changes are coming, maybe. Once I learn more and forget less.

There is always hope.