Un­der-funded, over­bur­dened

Noth­ing in bud­get to help com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Coun­cil of New­found­land and Labrador says there was noth­ing in this year’s pro­vin­cial bud­get to help the more than 3,000 com­mu­ni­ty­based or­ga­ni­za­tions in the prov­ince find new, in­no­va­tive ways of do­ing their work.

“I would like to see far more un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the im­por­tance of re­search and de­vel­op­ment (R&D) and in­no­va­tion in the non-profit sec­tor,” Penny Rowe said. “ There’s room for think­ing the same way about that sec­tor as we do about the pri­vate sec­tor.”

Rowe says most com­mu­nity groups are un­der-funded and their staff, vol­un­teers and board mem­bers over bur­dened.

She’d like to see that re­search and de­vel­op­ment fo­cus on how com­mu­nity groups can come up with new ways of do­ing things, work­ing to­gether and gen­er­at­ing rev­enue.

“ The same peo­ple are do­ing ev­ery­thing. We know we’ve got about 10 or 15 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion who vol­un­teer and do the work and are do­ing it all.

“How do we en­cour­age other peo­ple? What kinds of sup­port do we need to give? Young peo­ple don’t want to vol­un­teer like their grand­par­ents did - they want to do it dif­fer­ently. But how do we do it dif­fer­ently?

“Some re­search and de­vel­op­ment in that sec­tor, I think would reap huge re­wards.”

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