Executive Director with the BC Association for Charitable Gaming David Sheach was on hand in Dawson Creek last week to talk to non-profit representatives about applying for community grants in conjunction with the Northern Lights Community Charitable Gaming Association. A more transparent and upfront approach is what is needed, he says.
Transparent and up front versus “BC Gaming doesn’t want to hear from us,” a mantra I’ve heard brayed before around non-profit tables. One often chanted by protectionist boards and or board members, I find.
Sheach said it was key that non-profit’s financials stack up in the eyes of BC Gaming and that federal and or provincial government has to provide less than 75 percent of the total program costs.
He touched upon some keeping financials under a couch, with treasurers not wanting to show anyone, or let anyone look at the books of a public non profit on the public money teat. It happens.
One of the questions actually asked in the meeting made up of non profit representatives from north and south of the river - if we have money do we have to show it? Sheach was again, trying to be straight up.
“Yes. Otherwise you are making up your numbers.”
Until next time
Rob Brown - Managing Editor