|Re: Handling donations||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jessie Kome (jehakomac.com)|
|Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:49:21 -0800 (PST)|
Hi- You packed a lots of related issues into your donation question. Here are some thoughts on 1) donations of furnishings, 2) donations of things that have operating costs, and 3) cash. I have lived in two cohousing neighborhoods that have discussed these issues and figured out different ways to tackle them. I think Eno Commons, also in Durham, did a neat job on their policy for cash donations to purchase things and to get projects done, and I hope an EC’er pops up to explain it. At Eastern Village Cohousing, where I have lived for about a decade, most of the donations in the first group (furnishings) are handled by the steward of the room or space where the item would go. The community set a policy that the community aesthetic would be “folk-art funky”, and requires that the fire regulations be observed. The community also programmed the rooms (dining room, living room, kitchen) and so forth. It is up to the room steward to keep the room useful and either get donations or propose a purchase to the community. The second group generally requires the community to agree to accept an item because, at EVC, money decisions for ongoing costs belong to the group. In the case of a hot tub in common space, there are also insurance and liability issues that, at EVC, belong to the community and would need agreement. We have an annual community benefit process (sort of a capital budgeting/project approval time), and sometimes handle one-offs in our membership meetings for more urgent items. Usually, the steward or someone is championing accepting and installing the item. Donations of cash we handle in a few ways. We tried to set a policy that would not make people with less money feel as if a neighbor with more money was taking away any resident’s participation in community decisions. The main policy is that anyone may bring a proposal to the membership meeting. If the community has agreed at some point in the year that a project is worthwhile and has a champion, the project is added to the list of possible community benefit projects. We have an annual event that is sort of like the budget fair described in the cohousing-l archives (maybe by Rob Sandelin, long ago?). Everyone who wants to participate helps divide up the total amount in the community benefit fund. Anyone may donate cash to the community benefit process as a whole, or to any of the projects on the list. But the community as a whole decides what projects are on the list. I hope this helps a little. Approaching these discussions as a way to learn about your neighbors’ feelings and thoughts about money is a great way to build and strengthen community. Really. Jessie Handforth Kome Eastern Village Cohousing Silver Spring, Maryland “Where I lost my mind last night and volunteered to help redesign our common kitchen.”
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