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.