Due to our innate desire to better human kind, it is often our first instinct to help those in need. It is important that before you reach out and help others, you first help yourself. Think about the goal or mission of your organization. Perhaps you are in charge of a specific project.
There was a time when my organization was in charge of feeding the needy on a monthly basis in a lower income community. Each month we raised money, collected food and gathered a team to serve over 200 people. We always delivered more than enough for the men, women and children within community.
While we were busy helping others, we failed to realize that we ourselves had several unrelated projects that were going unfunded and unfulfilled.
Ultimately, we made the tough decision to reserve our funds and refocus our volunteers on our own primary task. If we focus on goals & projects directly related to our organization, we will eventually be in a better place to help others in the future.
Here is a form that I use when brainstorming our projects to decide if we are helping others when when we should be helping our own organization. spending