tigranes at nep.net
Wed Feb 8 12:15:37 EST 2012
Greetings from Tigranes,
The rainy days do happen, and then even the hoarders may end up as the
beggars. I have been on the BoD of a small living history museum for going
on 15 years. The grounds and buildings are owned by the state, but the
museum is run by our little 501(c)3 non-profit.
Up until 4 years ago, we got operating funds from the state to run the
place. Then the bottom fell out of the state budget, and our funding was
cut -- to ZERO. For the past three seasons, we have operated only on funds
we have been able to raise on our own, in the worst recession since the
1930's. We need to pay for insurance, maintenance, and utilities for over a
dozen buildings, and fund the events and programs that we present for the
public. Our current bank balance is less than $5000.
We feel that what we, (as I'm sure all the other small non-profit groups out
there feel as well), do for our communities is important and of value, even
if it isn't feeding, clothing, or sheltering the needy. Our missions are no
less worthy of the work we put in than any other charitable mission, and the
funds we raise and save are every bit as earned.
Anyone is free to forgo paying SCA membership or attending events and
instead donate those funds to causes that help the needy. But it is their
money, and their choice, and they should not be judged by their choices.
And if local SCA groups want to put the effort into raising funds to build
up a surplus, that's their choice too.
My only concern over that situation is that is really isn't the local
group's money anymore: it belongs to Corporate. The SCA BoD could take it
at any time -- without the consent of the local group, because it belongs to
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dug" <eburhard65 at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [SCA-AE] money
This same problem happens in churches and other organizations. There seems
to be an overwhelming need to keep savings accounts ( that whopping 0.14%)
or CDs (0.8% yearly). That fear of the rainy day makes hoarders of many
volunteer organizations. With people locally who are in need of food,
clothing and shelter, we still worry that we haven't saved enough. And, I
don't know how to get beyond that fear.
Boniface Eburhard called Oger
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