This post is the first in a series of blogs from the Alliance staff. Each day a different expert will take the reins of our blog, Facebook and twitter accounts to share with you their perspectives and knowledge on ending homelessness. For more information, see this introductory post. Today’s post comes from Elizabeth Doherty, the Alliance’s Development Coordinator.
Last week the Alliance released its 2010 Annual Report. Although, I know, 2010 seems like ages ago now, I would like to take a moment to share just a couple of highlights with you.
In my work (fundraising) the most important parts of the Annual Report are the financials and the donors. As partners in our efforts to end homelessness, my guess is that you also may be interested in how the Alliance spends its money.
In 2010, the Alliance’s expenses totaled about $2.9 million. Of those resources, 90 percent went to further the Alliance’s programs to prevent and end homelessness while only 8 percent was spent on administrative costs and a mere 2 percent was spent on fundraising. We are pretty proud of those numbers! Want to learn more? A full statement of activities (and some colorful and informative pie charts) can be found in the Annual Report.
So what kinds of programs did that 90 percent of our budget support? As I am sure you know, 2010 was a difficult year for those of us working to end homelessness. In response to the economic challenges, we tried to tailor our activities to respond to the times.
- Our Homelessness Research Institute focused on examining links between economic factors and homelessness, and spread the word about best practices in prevention and re-housing with documents like Working Poor People in the United States and Examining Doubled Up in the United States.
- The Center for Capacity Building helped communities like Lincoln, NE and Fairfax County, VA implement rapid re-housing and prevention programs and prepare for implementation of the HEARTH Act.
- Our Program and Policy staff worked with the USICH, the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness and many other partners to improve policy responses to homelessness while also ramping up the national focus on homeless youth and veterans – both solvable problems.
In closing, I leave you with a quote from our President, Nan Roman. Yes, it was written almost a year ago, but the sentiment rings true today and will continue to do so as we move forward together.
“As its name implies, the Alliance is not only a Board and staff in Washington, DC, but a much bigger movement of people from across the nation who are dedicated to finding ways to prevent and end homelessness. We look forward to continuing to work together with you, our gifted and innovative partners, to ensure that as the economy recovers we get back on track to solve this problem – so that every American has a place to call home.”