6 things to know about non-profits

6 Things to Know About Non-Profits

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  1. Talk with them regularly to find out about not only ongoing problems, but also new problems that arise from changes in the economy, policy or institutions that deal with the poor. (128)
  2. Usual non-profits that would be good sources are churches and charities like Salvation Army, The Red Cross, and Catholic Charities. (129)
  3. Understand what a nonprofit attempts to do as well as what their limitations are. They can’t solve all of the problems. Is it there to fight crime? Is it there to improve quality of housing? Is it there to improve the level of education in a community? (130)
  4. There are places to check and see if non-profits are giving all their monies, versus using a lot of their monies to pay their own expenses and salaries. (133)
  5. I don’t think journalists pay enough attention to 211 agencies. These are places to call whenyou really need social services help, whether the problem is domestic violence, need of a food pantry or needing a roof over your head for the night. The number and types of calls they receive would be a good metric for figuring out what’s going on. (136)
  6. Always talk to the people the non-profits serve—what do they think? (134)