Navigating the dilemmas of funding and reporting
This chapter explores how market-based funding and current measures of success under these funding arrangements shape the work of social justice organizations. It describes how forced engagement in a highly competitive world effects how frontline workers allocate their time as well as how measures of accountability can alter their relationships with young people. The chapter focuses on the challenges faced by organizations that tried to do significant levels of service and organizing simultaneously, thus navigating funding opportunities and reporting requirements in both the private and public realms. It discusses how seeing the lived realities of social injustice motivated organizations to provide both individual-level services and engage in advocacy and organizing with young people. The chapter also discusses the difficulties that social justice organizations ran into when they tried to find funding and prove themselves effective in both the service and organizing realms.