Discussion 2: Financial Capacity and Sustainability in Human Services


Receiving funding from a grant or other source of funds is a great accomplishment. Once the funding is received, the human services organization must be able to manage the funds effectively. The organization must also develop a plan to sustain the program after the funding period ends or the potential for change from the funded program may be limited.

For this Discussion, review the budget provided in the grant proposal that you discussed in Discussion 1 of this Week. Consider how you would prioritize budgetary needs and fundraise to continue covering costs of this program after the grant period has ended.

By Day 4

Post a brief description of the budget presented in the grant proposal you selected. Describe how you might alter the budget after the grant ended or which budget items you would prioritize as you sought additional funding to continue the program. Explain why you would make these changes or prioritize specific budget items. Finally, explain how you would fundraise to meet the budget priorities.

Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

Required Readings

Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.
Chapter 9, “Fundraising and Development” (pp. 285–320)
Bowman, W. (2011). Financial capacity and sustainability of ordinary nonprofits. Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 22(1), 37–51.
LeRoux, K. (2009). Managing stakeholder demands: Balancing responsiveness to clients and funding agents in nonprofit social service organizations. Administration & Society, 41(2), 158–184.
Barasa, E. W., Cleary, S., Molyneux, S., & English, M. (2017). Setting healthcare priorities: a description and evaluation of the budgeting and planning process in county hospitals in Kenya. Health policy and planning, 32(3), 329-337.
Nelson, D., & Ruffalo, L. (2017). Grant writing: Moving from generating ideas to applying to grants that matter. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 52(3), 236-244.
Foundation Center. (2018). GrantSpace: Sample documents. Retrieved from https://grantspace.org/resources/sample-documents/
Note: You will need to create a log-in to the website to access and download the documents. This is a free service.

Required Media

Foundation Center. (2015, September 10). Introduction to project budgets [Video file]. Retrieved from https://grantspace.org/training/introduction-to-project-budgets/
Foundation Center. (2015, April 21). Introduction to proposal writing [Video file]. Retrieved from https://grantspace.org/training/introduction-to-proposal-writing-3/
Foundation Center. (2015, September 10). Introduction to fundraising planning [Video file]. Retrieved from https://grantspace.org/training/introduction-to-fundraising-planning/

Optional Resources

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). (2012). Retrieved from http://www.arnova.org/
Walden University. (2014). Master of Social Work home page. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Visit the Master of Social Work interactive home page to explore resources available to students in the program.
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