Every now and then someone tells me, "Veronica, maybe you shouldn't be so outspoken about your opinions. Won't you risk losing business?" Maybe, but I like to remember what Bill Cosby said -- "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone."
So, here are the rants running through my mind today:
- Why do the people doing the best work in the community seem to have the hardest time to getting money to fund their work? I see it over and over again. Small non-profits that are really doing amazing work who struggle to stay afloat while large organizations with tremendous waste seem to have more cash than they can use. Of course, I know the answer to the question. There is much more to the funding equation than just doing good work. And never forget the other explanation: Life isn't fair.
- Speaking of tremendous waste. I have a client (a public agency) that is giving $700,000 back to the federal government at the end of a four year grant period because they have a lousy fiscal accounting system and they didn't spend all of the $6 million grant they were awarded. It's not that they couldn't use it or that there isn't plenty of need in their community, but the combination of poor accounting, poor communication among administrators, and incompetence has essentially stolen almost three quarters of a million dollars from folks who desperately need the support. As the grant writer and evaluator for that program, I'm disgusted.
- Speaking of being disgusted, I'm currently working with a school district that seems to be doing everything it can to keep the public away. One day they say they want parents more involved, and the next day they take actions to make it harder (sometimes nearly impossible) for parents to be involved. Then we loop back full circle to their finger pointing at parents for not being involved. Enough already!
- I was at a meeting yesterday discussing some pretty significant changes to a local school for students who have been expelled from their regular public schools. We were discussing incentives for students and I had the wild and crazy idea to ask the students what incentives would inspire them. I got that condescending, "awwww, the poor woman doesn't understand the real world" look from one of the school administrators present.
Now I'll get back to my regularly scheduled positive and uplifting posts......
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