The Silicon Valley is experiencing a prosperity paradox. While technology and start up innovation are creating a tremendous amount of wealth, there is a spike in the number of people that rely in some form of assistance to make ends meet every month.
In a recent article posted in the Daily Journal, Arne Croce, our former Executive Director, talks about the importance of investing in local nonprofits. With four years of experience at the helm of Peninsula Family Service, he speaks about the population that the organization serves and the amazing improvements in their well-being. He also asks us to see non-profits as another business sector and to consider the importance of adequate funding and operational capacity, just as we would with any other “business”.
He stresses the fact that unrestricted funding is important for a non-profit organization to attract and retain talent, to provide quality services, and to expand its reach. This can improve the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. It can make a significant difference in the future of our youth, the financial stability of individuals and families, and the well-being of our senior population. In sum, it can strengthen our communities and help us level the field so that every individual can realize its full potential and have the same opportunities to access health, housing, education and employment.
Read more about Arne’s view on this important topic and why he thinks it is important for us to reevaluate the way we think about non-profits.