Community Charity NGO offered funding by a brewery for a project with homeless people in a deprived inner city area

This case involves a social worker dedicated to improving the circumstance for low income people in a deprived inner city suburb. His small team provide a range of services for homeless people but their income is continually uncertain and he spends much of his time struggling to obtain enough funding to keep their services running. He believes strongly in the difference their agency is making and he has begun speaking out as an advocate on homelessness issues. But keeping the services going was not easy. Tight economic times had resulted in dwindling income to a point where he realized he might be forced to shut down services. At a recent fundraising event, a local brewer came to him and stated their company was interested in providing three years of funding of around $40,000 per year. All their organization needed to do in return was to display the company’s logo on their signage, brochures, reports and other documents. He knew the money would make the difference between continuing and closing. He also recognized the inconsistency of accepting money from the poor as a means of improving their situation. It troubled him deeply and he spent many hours thinking it over

This case involves a social worker dedicated to improving the circumstance for low income people in a deprived inner city suburb. His small team provide a range of services for homeless people but their income is continually uncertain and he spends much of his time struggling to obtain enough funding to keep their services running. He believes strongly in the difference their agency is making and he has begun speaking out as an advocate on homelessness issues. But keeping the services going was not easy. Tight economic times had resulted in dwindling income to a point where he realized he might be forced to shut down services. At a recent fundraising event, a local brewer came to him and stated their company was interested in providing three years of funding of around $40,000 per year. All their organization needed to do in return was to display the company’s logo on their signage, brochures, reports and other documents. He knew the money would make the difference between continuing and closing. He also recognized the inconsistency of accepting money from the poor as a means of improving their situation. It troubled him deeply and he spent many hours thinking it over

This case involves a social worker dedicated to improving the circumstance for low income people in a deprived inner city suburb. His small team provide a range of services for homeless people but their income is continually uncertain and he spends much of his time struggling to obtain enough funding to keep their services running. He believes strongly in the difference their agency is making and he has begun speaking out as an advocate on homelessness issues. But keeping the services going was not easy. Tight economic times had resulted in dwindling income to a point where he realized he might be forced to shut down services. At a recent fundraising event, a local brewer came to him and stated their company was interested in providing three years of funding of around $40,000 per year. All their organization needed to do in return was to display the company’s logo on their signage, brochures, reports and other documents. He knew the money would make the difference between continuing and closing. He also recognized the inconsistency of accepting money from the poor as a means of improving their situation. It troubled him deeply and he spent many hours thinking it over

Indicator Aspects to Consider Level
Purpose This charity is committed to improving the quality of life for this poor community. Heavy alcohol use and related harm are contributing in a wide range of negative ways to addiction, mental health problems, marital strife, violence and injuries in this community. Moreover a sizeable number of the homeless people they are helping have issues regarding their alcohol use. Very high
Extent $40,000 is around 10% of their income, but unlike their other sources, it is guaranteed for three years. This level of stable funding could end up being perceived as necessary for survival. High
Relative-harm While drug use is having a significant impact in this community, the high availability of alcohol is still the main driver for drug-related harm. Very high
Indicators The brewery has insisted on their name being visibly associated with the charities activities. This association will be known to community members, their funders and other agencies working in that community. High
Link The link is direct. Obligations are outlined in a contract. The brewery could add new expectations or withdraw funding should they see the charity engaging in activities against their interests such as speaking out about alcohol problems in this community. Very high