We are in the middle of the longest election campaign in recent memory. Is this the true meaning of "The Dog Days of Summer"?
Here's a few reasons why I think an election is important for an organization like ours. What do you think?
1. Policies created by the government can have a large impact (positive and/or negative) on the issues that an organization is concerned about.(mission motive)
The Open Door’s mission is to meet the needs of youth who find themselves at risk. Policy decisions around housing, support systems, family issues and other concerns can have a dramatic impact on our client group and our ability to mitigate these issues.
Click HERE to read an article about policy decisions at the federal level regarding housing.
2. Most organizations, including the Open Door, receive at least some funding from government grants to carry out programs. (financial motive)
The Open Door’s annual budget is our game plan to achieve our mission. We raise funds through our facilities (20%), donations/fundraising (20%), grants from foundations and government (60%). Policy decisions as described above also have financial implications. Being able to access funds allows the Open Door to provide more, and better, services for our clients.
3. Many organizations, including the Open Door, work with clients that may be hidden but need support. (awareness raising/educational motive)
Homelessness in a rural community like Camrose is often hidden. Elections can be a good opportunity to raise awareness in a community as people are looking for information to help them make an informed choice
when they vote.
I hope this was a helpful backgrounder. Your comments are much appreciated.
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