the m p w c Foundation, inc.
UNDERPROMISE and OVERDELIVER
Why is this information necessary?
The Foundation is frequently asked by grantees, both current and prospective, "why must we give you all of this information? This is a lot of work for us and we have never had to do this before. Why now?" For this question, there are many, many, many reasons and we will attempt, below, to give you as many as we can think of. If you believe that these reasons do not apply to you, we thank you for your time and we can both move on in other directions.
In no special order, these are our reasons. Because:
Most importantly, this is the beginning of a process wherein we hope to get to know your organization. We have pledged to have a minimum of us$2,900,000 (and will probably have even more) in our endowment and we hope that you share in the (forever) annual grants that come from that endowment. It would be foolish, no, actually stupid, for us to just hand out money without having some clues about how it is granted, how it is used by the grantee organizations, and what their plans for future use might be. In this process, you will find that the input to us from you gets easier as the years go on and at the same time the grants from us to you get larger and larger.
We have asked for nothing that we do not (with even more limited personnel than you have) do ourselves. We have instituted controls so that even with the death of our founder, this Foundation will continue and all grantees and our own trustees will work under self-perpetuating controls that guarantee that we will do what we promise to do on this web-site. As some proof of this, we show you that we abide by our own requirements for continuity and transparency by providing on the following page (we do it too) information about us that we also request from our grantees.
What we ask for in the preceding paragraphs is called accountability. Accountability is the key ingredient of TRUST. We are accountable to all of our own constituents (including you and your organization) no less than that we require you to be accountable to all of your constituents (including, but not limited to, us).
Oh, and lest we forget, the above is merely Transparency. Continuity is even more important unless you wish your organization to cease to operate efficiently whenever you find that, at least in San Miguel, your volunteers are susceptible to death, sickness, desire or need to move elsewhere, or even to merely leave your organization for some other worthy organization here in town. The town is replete with stories of what happens when any of the above personnel changes takes place without suitable provisions for continuity.
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