What does a non-profit agency do when it uses up a big chunk of its revenue?
Earlier this year we learned that the money we receive from the Gaming Fund to cover the cost of our subsidized counselling program for low-income clients would not be topped up by a provincial government that is pleading poverty. An increasing demand for our services used up our funds in only three months.
Some of the steps we’ve taken to proactively respond to this decision include:
- Our practicum students have been made responsible for providing therapeutic counselling services to those unable to pay more than a small proportion of the cost of their therapy.
- We have applied to numerous foundations and other agencies for funding, so far without success.
- We have begun to offer professional employee training programs based on the Myers-Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI), with more programs in the pipeline.
- We also offer workshops and seminars on emotional and mental wellness topics that address community needs.
- We have engaged a crowd-funding campaign to support our programs
- We have been forced to reduce the hours of several registered therapeutic counsellors, restricting their practice to those who can afford to pay at least 50% of the cost of their therapy.
- We are looking for opportunities to partner with the community for fundraiser events
- Encourage people to donate to support this vital community resource!
Other ideas are being developed. We’re here for the long-term. The community needs us!