In this National Center for Family Philanthropy Family Giving News blog post, Medina Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Teunon reflects on the importance to nonprofits of “general operating support: unrestricted funding that organizations can apply to any part of their organization” – and the impact that the scarcity of unrestricted funds has on the health of organizations like Solid Ground.
She quotes Medina Foundation Board President, Piper Henry-Keller, on why she thinks unrestricted support is so ingrained in the strategy of the Foundation:
“Organizations that are doing the work are the experts. They are the ones who see the needs and know what could be done. We don’t feel that it is our role to dictate. We rely on our staff to find organizations that are doing good work, and then we put our trust in those organizations. It’s important to trust organizations enough to give them the freedom to accomplish their mission in the way that works best for them.”