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United Partners for Human Services Asks You to Put Our People First

Posted 11/8/18 by Amber R. Tynan

I have been honored the past six months to work closely with our community’s human services nonprofit sector to see the collective impact they each provide. I have also learned about the intricacies of their business models, their performance measures and outcomes and most importantly those they serve through the programs they provide. What’s been telling though is the capacity of these human service nonprofits compared to the expectations placed on them to meet certain outcomes without the adequate funding to do so effectively.

So why does this happen? Our community has a growing identity crisis when it comes to its perceptions of the nonprofit sector, particularly human service organizations leading to the creation of unnecessary limitations in which they are required to operate. Somewhere along the way, our society has adopted a mindset that implies the nonprofit and for-profit sectors are different, therefore the associated costs to deliver such services should be different. Couple this with an increased demand for nonprofit services as well as waning support at almost every level and we have a society that forces the human services sector to continuously change under growing pressure.

Here is what we need our community to understand…

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