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The Importance Of Small Local Nonprofit Organizations

There is a massive demand for compassion. Organized compassion usually comes from nonprofits, no matter the size. There is something to say about localized nonprofits that serve a particular community. That isn’t to say that larger nonprofits are terrible or not good. Regardless of size, nonprofits often rely on each other for reach and help in times of crisis. 

The world seems to be constantly facing a new crisis; severe weather patterns, COVID-19, and Monkeypox. Situations like these are where nonprofits come into play. 

For instance, The HomeMore Project, our founder Zac Clark, a Georgia native, saw a problem in San Francisco and the nation in how we approach the issue of homelessness and affordable housing. So during the pandemic, he decided to be the change and founded The HomeMore Project. 

Does Nonprofit Size Matter?

Yes and no. Vague and accurate, but what matters is the scope of the nonprofit. 

For instance, Code Tenderloin, a nonprofit that focuses on career readiness and eliminating barriers that prevent people from achieving long-term employment that can change their lives, has a very geographically distinct scope. They focus specifically on uplifting their community.

On a much larger scope, Feeding America is a nationwide nonprofit that focuses on well-feeding Americans struggling with hunger. They have food banks nationwide and started the nation’s first food bank. They are also advocates for ending hunger on a political scale. 

Is one greater than the other because they are larger and have more funding? No. 

Larger organizations such as Feeding America have layers and layers of bureaucracy because they deal with politics and large donation sums. Regardless they do make a change. 

Code Tenderloin makes a similar impact within their community. They work within their community, securing funding and lifting their community. Larger organizations may have a nationwide effect; smaller nonprofits have a more targeted approach. Moreover, they have a stronger sense of what the community needs. While larger organizations may have a one size fits all solution, that may not work. Smaller nonprofits have their finger on the pulse of the local community; moreover, they have access to community leaders who can lead the charge in fostering change. 

Regardless of size, lives are being changed. 

Community

Smaller nonprofits are part of the community. They are often fighting for their community. As a result, a layer of trust and friendship that may not be found in a larger organization.  

Community is an essential aspect of our society; it is where we call home. This belief makes local organizations work harder because they have a stake in the plan’s success. 

There is a lack of judgment. When someone outside the community comes in and judges how the community has survived, it often leaves a sour taste in people’s mouths. It turns them away from help because they feel judged. When the support comes from inside the community, there isn’t judgment. 

Moreover, there is a greater sense of understanding. When the volunteer help is from the community and grew up in it, there is a sense of fellowship and familiarity that circumstance doesn’t define the individual. The neighborhood failed the individual. 

Similarly, connections form when healing happens from the community, in the community. Compared to a large organization that may have a weekend volunteer, community nonprofits construct lasting relationships that inspire others to help their community.

Why Smaller is Sometimes Better (From a Donor Perspective)

Money makes the world go around. Without funding, nonprofits cannot continue to do their work.    

So why is smaller better? From a financial standpoint, you will get more bang for your buck. In addition, in a smaller organization, it is easier to see where your money is going and a direct correlation. 

Let’s look at The HomeMore Project; when you donate to us, your money will go towards our Makeshift Traveler for those suffering from homelessness. So it is easy to see where your money goes. 

Regardless, that’s not to say when you donate to a larger organization, you aren’t making a change. Larger organizations often have a stronger pull with politicians and can foster significant scale change and systematic change. 

What Does This All Mean?

There are a lot of good organizations out there making our decaying world better. Making informed decisions about how you want your money to be used is always a stellar idea. 

On a smaller scale, communities heal from within and create the change they want to see. On the other hand, larger organizations can make a national change to prevent people from falling through the cracks.  

Sources:

https://www.codetenderloin.org/about-us-1

https://fundraisingip.com/advantages-small-non-profits/

https://thehomemoreproject.org/

https://nonprofithub.org/a-brief-history-of-nonprofit-organizations/

https://www.feedingamerica.org/take-action

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