October 17, 2012
Family, not "client" - This is the whole point: the "role" category that I just clicked doesn't begin the describe the relationship that my organization has with People for Parks (PFP). It's funny, too, we were welcomed into the family only seven months ago. Again, this illustrates the point. PFP lives its mission with the people and organizations it serves. I am the treasurer of a neighborhood, grassroots organization that is committed to better connecting the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park (MLK) to the community and to promote Dr. King's legacy through activities and physical layout in the Park. We are entirely volunteer run and lead. When we approached PFP to be our fiscal agent, they literally took us under their wings and helped mus become established. The board members collaborated with us in writing a memorandum of agreement that spelled out each organization's roles and responsibilities. This was done in a mutually respectful manner. The quality of the relationship that was established is rare. Having done this several times on behalf of community groups I can testify that often the organization with the power simply dictates terms to the neighborhood group. Here, PFP took steps to ensure communication was open and decision making had a two-way path. PFP went above and beyond the specific requirements of "fiscal agent" in other ways that supported our group. They identified potential funding sources, introduced us to individuals and organizations that could support our work and helped mus with logistics of individual fundraising and specific events. It takes this special support and the efforts above and beyond the requirements of "client-provider" to make relationships successful. PFP has done this for us. MLK is pleased and proud to be part of the PFP family.
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