Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Giving Tip #2 - Investigate the Charity’s Outcomes

Continuing our series of tips from Charity Navigator:“Giving Tip #2 - Investigate the charity’s outcomes: Learn about a charity’s accomplishments, goals and challenges by reviewing its website and/or talking with staff. They should be able to tell you about the quality and depth of their results as well as their capacity to continue to get these results, not just the number of activities or people served. This is critical step, after all, the charity’s ability to bring about long lasting and meaningful change in the lives of people and communities should be the key reason for your financial investment.”

On a monthly basis AtWork! Board and staff measure outcomes against yearly targets. We go beyond just counting the number of people served to analyzing and documenting the impact on the lives of people with disabilities who have a job or who are on a pathway to that perfect fit.

In Fiscal Year 2009 (October 2008 thru September 2009) AtWork! placed 20 people in community jobs…the same number placed in 2008; great results given that the unemployment rate was 9+% in 2009. In total 67 AtWork! clients had paying jobs in community businesses. People supported by AtWork! working in community jobs earned over $351,000 at an average hourly wage of $9.58.

In Fiscal Year 2009, 90 people with complex support needs discovered new talents and learned new skills by volunteering in their community. AtWork! staff conducted 367 tours of businesses and potential job sites; the people we serve encountered new environments, discovered their interests, and built experiences that promote true choice.

In Fiscal Year 2009 people with disabilities working in AtWork!’s social enterprises earned over $250,000. AtWork! finished the year with a general fund operating profit of $12,720, a testimony to quality service, strong supporters, and solid management.

Teamwork, perseverance, dedication, going the extra-mile for the cause… these are just words that don’t do enough to describe the contributions of our supporters…a catalyst for changing the face of employment in 2009. Thank you to all of you for caring about equality in employment for people with disabilities. Whether you see it in our numbers or in the happy faces of the people we serve…2009 was a very good year.

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