Tips From Task Force Members on Financial Support and Sustainability
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the question, “How will we fund our task force?” When discussing financial support, it is important to remember that it is not simply about money. A financial sustainability plan will include other types of resources you might obtain, such as in-kind support, volunteers, or shared resources from other organizations. It may even include convincing another organization to take on leadership roles whether it is in a committee or on a case.
Below are some different ways to obtain resources that could pertain to your task force:
Many of these ideas are activities individual task force member organizations will perform on their own to raise money; however, in the task force setting, it is important to work together to reach common goals. Different groups have different resources available that might be shared.
Organizations operating on a local, national, or global level can also be a direct source of financial support, or take on the role of fundraising in support of the task force. Engaging the community for financial support is particularly important for task forces that are not funded by state or federal agencies. Task Forces in this situation are encouraged to create realistic projected budgets for each area of services or capacities provided (or needed) so that potential funders can see the cost of providing assistance for victims of trafficking.
There are also task forces throughout the country that operate with very little, if any, additional funding. Task forces are successful because they have built-in methods of creating buy-in, have political will, strong leadership, and their collaborative strength and relationships with one another.
For additional information and tools, visit the Resource page for Section 3.4 Addressing Common Operational Challenges.