Need vs. merit

When considering funding an organization – nonprofit, arts group, etc. – there’s a question of whether fiscal solvency necessitates further individual support. Is your donation better served going to a group that may be struggling to stay in the black each year, or an organization that consistently shows surpluses?

While a surplus may indicate that your money will have less impact, a smaller nonprofit could potentially not be around next year.

It’s a question I keep hearing, and one I ask myself as I work on reviewing grants. I guess my thought is, if money is available to invest in nonprofits, it’s good practice to make that investment, large and small.

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