|Fund Raising for a Viable Future (standard:Creative non-fiction, 1120 words)|
|Author: GXD||Added: Nov 07 2008||Views/Reads: 1810/932||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The needs of a global society cannot be met by taxation alone. For many essentials it will take honorable and respected fund-raisers to generate the revenue needed for enhanced human welfare -- instead of galloping inflationary profits.|
Fund Raising for a Viable Future I'm beginning to get the view of a new framework for a planetary economic structure in the 21st Century. In very recent years, classes have suddenly appeared in Bellevue College, University of Washington and elsewhere, offering courses to train professional fund raisers for nonprofit organizations (that is, non-government organizations -- NGO's --which carry out the essential tasks of a society. Such organizations are formed for reasons that are not tied directly to the production of revenue. NGO's are created by individuals and communities whenever the government of that society has not been charged with the responsibility for these tasks). Together with other obvious trends in our local, national and global socio-economic patterns, by the year 2030, fund raising will be a widespread and honored profession, on a par with the professions of medicine, law, engineering and banking. That will become the chief mode of sustaining human life and human health in the absence of formal governments on a planet that no longer is made up of "States" and "Countries". Global management will be carried out by a relatively small world government for a planet that comprises millions of communities and ten billion inhabitants.. Apparently, much of the world's population will continue to perform tasks they have not chosen and receive specie in return (these are called jobs). A few of the world's population will create these jobs, and thus maintain the cash flow we have come to know as business or commerce. Not noticeably different from the world we know now. However, the largest sector of our world's population will address itself to pursuing arts and activities that characterize their personal individual and collective belief systems and interests: educating children, caring for the elderly and the handicapped, fostering social amenities for their communities.....and the funds to support this activity must continue to come from the sector of the population that still uses money or credit. The most respected and rewarded profession in the year 2030 will be that of fund raiser. Instead of Governments functioning as sources of funding for sectors of society that do not generate revenue, this will become the province of nonprofit fund raising corporations and cooperative networks. They will link the revenue-generating sector of each culture directly with those in their community who do not directly contribute to the flow of business and industry, commerce, construction, etc. (all revenue-producing activities consume Earth resources). Fund raisers will employ their skills by offering each individual who is part of of the revenue chain an opportunity to IMPROVE THEIR LIFE QUALITY by allocating funding IN LIEU OF TAX PAYMENTS to support directly one or several nonprofit groups. The fund raiser now becomes a key decision maker in shaping the future of societies around the globe. When a revenue-bound institution (like Boeing or Coca-Cola or United Fruit and their millions of workers, suppliers and subcontractors) becomes ready to invest in new market development, the first person they will call is a fund raiser. The company will advance its proposals for development and expenditure, and the fund raiser will locate nonprofit organizations and individuals in each cultural area who provide services and benefits to their society that directly affect the company's well-being. Through the fund raiser, the company diverts a calculated share of its revenues to the nonprofit groups IN LIEU OF TAXES and in turn receives support and market for its development. Kind of a win-win. There is not enough revenue going round to save the world -- at least until its population begins to decrease and the magnitude of its material needs is cut back to Earth-sustainable levels. Since revenue-generating processes depend on production and consumption, they will always be linked with removal (or conversion) of Earth substances and animal life. So long as those resources are replaceable and the rate of consumption is kept down, a stable and sustainable economy can be achieved planet-wide. The role of fund raiser here is to remain aware of long-term planetary survival needs, and provide fund raising assistance to those non-profits doing the most to insure quality of life for all involved: including the Planet. Starting from this vantage point, we can expand on Maslow's hierarchy of needs, which is Click here to read the rest of this story (47 more lines)
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