The Community Human Services Partnerships is responsible for allocating funds to all of the nonprofits in the Tallahassee area. However, with every passing year, the funds allocated to the partnership decreases. According to an article recently completed by the Tallahassee Democrat, this year’s budget is almost two million dollars less than the request issued by the organizations affected by the allocations. For the 2014-2015 year, 4.3 million dollars have been provided to the Community Human Services Partnership; the original request issued from participating organizations was for just over six million. The allocated four million dollars will need to be spread between sixty-three nonprofit organizations that work to represent one hundred and one programs.
The number of participating nonprofits and organizations is down from the average, which is approximately seventy agencies who work to represent one hundred twenty programs. The article speculates that the steady decline in funding provided by the Community Human Services Partnership has forced such severe cutbacks in monetary means that the missing programs and agencies have been forced to fold and close their doors. Those who have survived have worked to revamp their methods of generating money, as the funding only grows scarcer with every passing year.
Officials for the Tallahassee area are distraught at the news of budget cuts to the nonprofits that loyally serve their community. In particular, they do not care for the fact that nonprofits are forced to ask for less while the needs of those they serve continue to not be met. Citizens who volunteered to make the decisions as to which funds from the allocated 4.3 million dollars would go to which organizations feel similarly. All eighty volunteers visited the sites of the services and experienced detailed presentations on the goals and inner workings of the organizations. Several were so struck by the work and efforts that the organizations make—despite having very little money to do so—that they were brought to tears. In general, it was found that, despite having very little money to get by, that which the organizations do have gets selflessly infused back into the community.