Small organizations and individuals have a unique advantage over large organizations. While there are many large non-profit organizations with exemplary records of accountability and financial transparency, a small organization has the flexibility to give partners and supporters the opportunity to go directly to see the people who benefit from the organization’s projects and bring pictures, stories, and artifacts that allow partners to be more involved in the work being done.
A small-scale focus gives the ability to allocate funds in a more project-specific way instead of funding going to a general fund, which is hard to measure the direct impact of gifts and partnerships. In addition, smaller projects allow us to develop stronger relationships with partners and participants to insure that our goals are matched, communication is maintained, and resources are used properly.
IMPROVED ACCOUNTABILITY & RETURNS
Although large organizations offer the advantage of cumulative resources and contacts, we have found these resources and contacts can be difficult to maintain and follow-up on. Smaller organizations have reduced overhead cost, which increases the returns that donors and partners invest.
The most important reason for developing our own organization is that it would enable us to focus on smaller-scale projects that reap lasting fruits verses larger projects that reap large numbers. Instead of focusing on the front-end of ministry results, we want to devote more time to the follow-up targeting areas of accountability and sustainability of projects, evaluating the effectiveness of programs and looking for authentic needs presented by the indigenous peoples. Instead of developing ideas and programs from the United States, we plan to build our ministry from the bottom-up by conducting needs assessments and ideas that will be more relevant, meaningful, and sustainable by the people who we will be serving.