Investing In Others

Yvette Warren
Posted May 2, 2015 from United States
Investment
One form of investment

Dear Sisters,

It is true that I am in a capitalist country. Probably because of this influence, I believe in investing in people and their programs, rather than offering "charity" donations to others. As an investor, I want to know the details of how my investment is being distributed and the return on my investment. "Return" means the individual and global good that has been a result of the resources (money, time, contacts, etc) I have made available to you.

Please realize that I am not dishonoring you when I ask for documentation of where you have apportioned the resources I have made available to you and your efforts. I am simply acting as a partner in an effort in which I believe.

I am blessed by being part of the blessing you are upon our shared earth.

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Alyssa Rust
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015

Dear Y,

Thank you for sharing. When reading your post it made me think about how many organizations are now developing better monitoring and evaluation techniques in order to track donations and the return on investments better. There are so many people who wish to see documentation and reports about how resources are being used. One of the things I like to do when exploring resource usage is with a website called GuideStar which provides all the 990s and financial information for nonprofits in the USA that are registered with the IRS.  It’s a great tool for those organizations. Thanks for sharing.

Sincerely, Alyssa Rust 

ma.chona lasaca
Jun 06, 2015
Jun 06, 2015

Dear Y,

I agree with your idea about the investment thing and there is no need to be apologetic. I think its important for us, working with communities and groups and partnering with individuals and organizations for various undertakings that we value the investment of resources. And that we challenge ourselves to ask the hard questions like: Are what we are doing giving us the return in terms of outcomes and impacts that we envisioned? Is there other ways to attain our objectives that is more effective and cost -efficient? This is where documentation and evaluation studies done by third party, not only at the end of the project , but midterm, becomes a must.Its part of walking our talk about accounting ourselves , not just to our funding partners but also to the community, NGO community and to ourselves.

Maria Chona

Yvette Warren
Jun 07, 2015
Jun 07, 2015

Thank you, maria, for your kind comments and affirmation.

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