I guess I could have titled this Post "What Did You Expect?" or "We Really Didn't Mean It" or something other but the above will do -- for this is the story of the Global Planning Table's toe dip into the waters of allocations advocacy. You didn't notice, you say. That's OK. Because, really, they didn't want you to. Oh, sure, the JFNA Co-Chairs with CEO What's-a-Core-Allocation-Anyway? sent a Briefing in early 2014 indicating their commitment to increased core allocation funding and urging federations to increase theirs, they then permitted the inane GPT to usurp core allocations advocacy...appoint a Committee (or Work Group or whatever they call it) with a strong and respected Chair and, then...almost nothing...zippo...squat.
This became another example of what happens with our continental organization. You may remember that we pointed out early on in this "process" that there was an inherent conflict between the Global Planning Table's determination to raise $500,000 from ten federations as a condition precedent to each Strategic Initiative (stay tuned for that condition to be abandoned) and advocacy for increased core allocations. But...never mind. You see, while there is some hortatory language, somewhere, in the GPT go-forward on the Signature Initiatives that the money for the Initiative be "over and above" current allocations, I have been at those meetings and I've seen the low- or no-allocating communities just roll their eyes and use the core allocations as an ATM machine for funding new or current ventures.
Instead of meaningful allocations advocacy, the GPT has done nothing more than sit by and watch as communities have gone through their allocations processes, reduce the core allocations and focus in many instances on increasing designated project funding or changing the "split" -- you will learn, probably only after another pathetic cash effort at calendar year-end, that in a year in which aggregate campaigns have increased, albeit minimally, aggregate allocations will have reduced to new historic lows. From JFNA the annual crocodile tears will flow...and little else.
While shameful, there is no shame. Allocations advocacy? That was the GPT, not JFNA. Onward.