Where Does McLaughlin Stand With Non-Profit Organizations?

Here is a question coming from Rosina Potter.


There are many worthy non-profits such as Women Helping Women, Imua Family Services, and Maui Aids Foundation that are constantly having funds taken away due to state and federal budget shortages.  How would you find ways to help these organizations?
Mahalo for your answer.
I am going to be honest. That is better than just telling all voters what they want to hear.  I do not feel that it is the government’s responsibility to be providing to non-profits. Non-profits are supposed to raise their money from fundraisers and donations. The County Council I feel should not have non-profits in their budget. I feel that the top priority right now should be cleaning the water supply and pay what they need to do it.
Having said that, I have no problem helping non-profits if there is money left over in the budget. However, I am very careful with organizations that call themselves non profits. I won’t mention the names but certain organizations are a little sketchy. Some of the offices are beautiful and look like they took millions of dollars. Another organization holds meetings and the worst car at these meetings is a BMW. That makes me scratch my head and wonder if they really need the money they request.
Therefore, the council has to be careful in giving money to these organizations and should get assurance that the “taxpayer” money they receive actually is used for the cause. The organizations you asked about are legit good causes from what I see. I know my church gives a lot of money to Imua Family Services because we believe in their cause.
I am not going to lie to you. I have butted heads with Women Helping Women in the past over their name. I feel that with the growing number of male domestic violence victims, that this name is no longer appropriate. I come from a marriage where I was abused by my first wife. There are all these great services for female victims but it is not taken seriously when it happens to men. I feel that a name like that although “well intentioned” does reinforce that stereotype. So I wish they would really consider changing their name.
However, I never have questioned their cause even though I don’t like their name. Therefore, I would be okay with providing funds to the organizations you asked about if money is left over. Unfortunately, that is a big if in this economy.
That is all the more reason for the council to implement my ideas of lightening the restrictions for those who want to start a small business and looking to make some cuts in government agencies. This would generate more money for the government and make it so they are spending less.
That would give the Council more money to give to these non-profits. But again, it is what is left over in the budget and I feel the council needs to see evidence that the given non-profit has tried other resources first, like fundraising, before going to the Council. The Council should also see that the given organization is actually using the money on their cause.
Thanks for the great question Rosina.

About askmclaughlin

After being a teacher for 11 years, Erin McLaughlin decided to step away and start a new challenge. Politics was the last thing on his mind. McLaughlin knew he wanted to be a business owner. He just wasn't sure what kind of business until one day at the beach a tourist asked him why there were no jet ski rentals in Kihei. Then he realized that was what he would do. Little did he realize just how hard it would be to get a permit and all the obstacles that would prevent him from doing so. He and his partner wrote letters to the newspaper and talked to local and state politicians. After those attempts were unsuccessful, McLaughlin decided to become a candidate for Maui County Council himself. Ask McLaughlin is designed for the voters to ask questions of the candidate. The candidate will then give his position on the issue. Ask McLaughlin anything you want. Ask him anything you want. It can be local, state, or federal politics. Or it doesn't have to be politics at all. If you have a question, send it to AskMcLaughlin@gmail.com.
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4 Responses to Where Does McLaughlin Stand With Non-Profit Organizations?

  1. Bella says:

    If you are a victim of abuse, why don’t YOU start an organization for battered men? Use your time wisely!

    • That is a good question. That is something I have considered, but I think that is the wrong way to go. I feel that DV is not a male or female problem. It is a family problem that needs to be addressed as such.

      Suppose there were an organization for mug victims called Whites Helping Whites. Their reasoning was that most victims were white. Then a black victim came forward with his story. Would you ask him to start an organization for black victims? That would obviously be very inappropriate. I know the group is well intentioned. I never disputed WHW’s cause. I just feel the name needs to be seriously looked at.

  2. Rhonda Glass says:

    If you get elected, I hope with all my heart that you will ask one important question of every “non-profit” that comes parading before the Council at budget time: Is this your first stop on the list for prospective funding — or your last? You will be amazed at how many of these organizations don’t even bother to try and raise money via private donations and/or fundraising. Also, you pretty much contradicted yourself, Erin. Even if there does happen to be money left over in the public coffers, it still isn’t the place of government to allocate it to non-profits. That should have always remained the job of churches and private individuals and businesses to see to.

    Now I have a question for you: Would you advocate privatizing certain facilities (such as the public pools, tennis courts, golf courses, etc.), as well as certain services, such as residential trash pick-up and curbside recycling/recycling centers? The County would stand to save millions by doing so, and private entities would be able to create more jobs within the community. In addition, these things would doubtless be better managed outside the jurisdiction of local government — and would actually create more tax revenues as well.

  3. I don’t think that is a contradiction. I totally agree with you that it is not the government’s place to do it. I do have less of an issue giving money left over though,but it should not be part of the budget.

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