|Re: Very Quick Question - Cohousing Research Funding||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 03:56:52 -0700 (PDT)|
Thomas Lofft <tlofft [at] hotmail.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> after deleteing most of long mangled quote (original carriage returns gone). -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- On Mon, 25 Aug Craig Ragland wrote: > In addition to the volunteer efforts that Donna invites I'd like to > remind> folks that Coho/US also uses money to make good stuff happen. A > future, paid> deliverable that COULD address some of the questions Kay > would like answered> is the upcoming 2009 Annual Cohousing Census, but > only if we can> sufficiently support that project. Craig, et al., The funding question is always a challenge whether at the national, community, or household level. How do we analytically or intuitively allocate limited resources? One technique we've used successfully is the "Pass the hat - earmarked funding' approach. While community annual assessments, where used, are generally approved on a general budget category or line item basis, either from a 'funding cap' approach or on a 'minimum absolute requirements' basis, generally there are always other projects or wish items that people want to complete. Some members can't manage additional contributions due to personal budget limitations. Perhaps some really don't support a particular proposal. "Pass the hat - earmarked funding' approach proffers a proposal to undertake a project based on contributed funding. When enough sponsors offer enough funding, the proposer becomes the advocate/project manager and sees through collection of funds and recruits a project manager or takes on management as an extension of the advocacy. This is a real test of the waters to see if there is real community support to complete a project - putting their money where their wish list is. Now my whole point is that theoretically, this funding strategy could be used at a national level by any advocate seeking to undertake a project that would benefit many communities, but not necessarily all communities. Perhaps every community might allocate a portion of its budget for later determination as a contribution to a CoHoUS project TBD. Otherwise, they might find a few advocates internally who are in a particular stage of community development that they might like to financially sponsor external research. Yes, it often takes longer and therefore requires greater lead time to generate the funds and undertake the project. The strength of the advocacy is often a great determinant of the strength of the response. TOM LOFFT LIBERTY VILLAGE, MD
Re: Very Quick Question - Cohousing Research Funding Fred H Olson, August 27 2008
- Re: Very Quick Question - Cohousing Research Funding Craig Ragland, August 27 2008
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