As Director of Development for Ombudsman Services of San Mateo, I am charged with the task of finding the financial resources necessary to meet the budget obligations of our $800,000 agency. Currently, 50% of the agency’s funding comes from San Mateo County and various cities, 13% comes from Peninsula Health Care District and Sequoia Healthcare District, and 21% is provided through the support of private foundations, corporations, and businesses. Only 4% of our revenue comes from individuals.
What does this mean? It means that the critical advocacy that Ombudsman Services provide in our community for residents of long-term care is largely unnoticed by the general community. Are we doing a bad job in communicating our mission and impact? Perhaps. Are services for the elderly not as important as youth development? No! Should we be able to raise enough funds to make sure that residents of long-term care facilities can live out their lives in dignity, with quality care and quality of life. Absolutely!
I am happy to take advantage of this blog space to keep our community informed about issues that our agency commits itself to—long-term care, elder abuse, aging. I believe this knowledge can be used by the readers of the blog to get the impact stories out into our community. With dwindling government funding, more reliance on paid staff, and increased competition for support, we must depend on our supporters, families of long-term care residents, and those who care about our growing elder population to provide the necessary funding required to assure that we can maintain our very ambitious facility coverage plan.
Now for the opportunity:
Ombudsman Services will be participating in Silicon Valley Gives on May 5. SV Gives is a region-wide initiative to raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action.
One of the pillars of SVCF’s mission is to strengthen the common good locally. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by SVCF with the help of sponsors, will offer thousands of nonprofits the chance to raise millions of dollars.
We ask you to participate in as many ways as possible to help spread the word about our mission and program. The ways you can participate include:
- Make your own gift to OSSMC on May 5 through SV Gives website at: http://svgives.razoo.com/story/Ossmc
- Create your own fundraising page on the SV Gives website to encourage your friends, family, and contacts to join you in support of OSSMC. Explain to others why you are interested or involved in the work of long-term care ombudsman services.
- Post information on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In about OSSMC and why the program matters to you and encourage them to join you in support by donating to OSSMC at http://svgives.razoo.com/story/Ossmc
- Whether you and your friends have already donated, plan to donate, or are considering donating to OSSMC, plan to join us to celebrate SV Gives, Ombudsman Services and Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday evening May 5 from 5:30-7 PM at the Foster City Recreation Center, Bluebird Room. Our reception will feature Mexican appetizers, wine, and margaritas.
Your support impacts the 9,000 residents of long-term care and their families by providing resident-focused advocacy aimed at improving quality of life and quality of care.