If you are inclined to support a favorite nonprofit, please consider the following as you make a decision.
Many people are fast to say they do not want to support overhead. They want their donation to go right to a specific project or element of service. That is good and always helpful, but most nonprofits need to fund their overhead to perform specifics.
I was once associated with a nonprofit that managed monthly SSDI checks for people unable to manage their own money. The Representative Payee Program is a vital service that keeps many people housed, with necessary medicines and other needs.
In most cases, the program’s volunteers are essential to making sure their clients have bills paid, food in their pantry, and critical medicines. The volunteers need computers, workspace, office supplies, and proper heating and airconditioning. Things most consider overhead.
When deciding to support such a project, inquire if the nonprofit charges for payee service or if they cover all these expenses. Therefore justifying a need for supporting “overhead.”
Giving to a nonprofit is very rewarding. Helping keep the doors open and serving those in need may not be exciting, but I assure you a basic need.
Changes in communications vehicles are inevitable. Traditional newspapers have morphed into multimedia outlets fighting for their survival. We hear almost daily of furloughs, layoffs, and closings. Social media is replacing many news sources without standards in some cases.
Seasoned journalists are becoming media entrepreneurs. Others are finding new careers.
It is not due solely to the impact of the pandemic. These changes have been in the mix for years. All while the appetite for news and information is at an all-time high. This shift is not without challenges, as extreme views are disguised as legitimate news. Consumers need to use caution when using some of these newly found sources.
One which is in the earliest stages of formation is The Beacon, a developing source of free local/regional news funded by the Kansas Newspaper Foundation. I recently became a Founding Member as I believe they are a needed source of local news.
Surges in news readership show that people are turning to local sources for accurate and trustworthy information during the pandemic. At the same time, many newsrooms are closer to extinction,coinciding with drops in advertising revenue. Nationwide, newspapers and alt-weeklies have announced pay cuts, furloughs, layoffs and reduced printing schedules, with some shutting down altogether. It’s already happening in our communities here in the Midwest.
On May 5, The Beacon is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. Our goal is to reach 100 donors during this campaign, a significant boost toward our sustainability goals. Donors who give $50 or more will become a founding member.
Weather you choose to support The Beacon or another news source you might think about using part of your stimulus check to donate to a local media. NPR stations, PBS stations could also use your support.