You are welcome. I do take your posting seriously. I’m a gullible sort, so I hope this extensive exercise working with you is for real. If true, I do respect the concerns you folks have, but I do think they are far beyond good reason.
Like you, and it is true to us all, many times more than I can count during my twenty years working in a development job, I was asked/told to do many things which I would not ordinarily choose to do. We all do what our bosses tell us to do. So, we press on, doing those things we do not like, but knowing that, for the most part, the tasks are simply distracting or annoying, and they really do not result in harm to the organization.
However, there are exceptions, and taking exception to what we are told to do does, of course, have its risks---the ultimate one being loss of a job. So, how do we let our bosses know that in a particular instance, to go ahead with what we are told to do, can possibly---even surely---damage the reputation and even the very life of the organization we all care about?
Somewhat complicating the issue here as I see it---from what you said---it appears that you are going along with idea personally. Thus, it may not be so much that we need to convince your boss that seeking a grant for the reasons you cited is a bad idea, but that we should start with convincing you as well.
Depending upon your “comfort level” with your boss, and if I can get you to agree with me, here are the facts and reasoning as I see them:
--- No granting foundation will give you money to bullet-proof your organization’s windows or grant funds to have your facility wired with a security system for an expected calamity, one which is based on supposition.
--- You need only to review the granting information of all of the prospects likely to support an arts organization in your area such as yours, and you will not find anything even remotely close to their giving of funds for the rather bizarre reasons for which your bosses are seeking funds.
--- Even asking granting foundations for such funds will surely put your organization in a position of negative regard and respect from those officials, thus hurting your chances the next time you seek funding for legitimate reasons.
--- Once the administration of the neighboring middle school hears about what you want to do, and why, you can be sure that you will lose a good neighbor. Portents of disaster for the school will not sit well with the school’s officials, or the parents of the children.
--- Go too far with this idea, and there would be a strong chance that the local press would hear about it, and think of the bad PR which would befall your organization.
--- And think as well to have all of you good people there in position to answer the inevitable question, “Why would any of your supporters---donors and volunteers and other visitors---want to try to gain entrance to what is, to all appearances, a fortress and when there, that terrible things can happen?
Yes, “Sadly, this sort of thing does happen and no one can predict when and where.” However, in reality, the chances of such a sort of thing happening to the middle school next to your organization, would most likely be no chance at all.
Since no one can predict when and where, why are you folks so hard pressed to take such steps which imply the certainty, or the very high chance, that such a disaster will in fact happen there?
Being so sure, as you folks are when seeking funding in the way you are, one would think that the school itself should shut down.
Respectfully, you folks have got to get out of your doom and gloom rut right now. You are going so far off your mission track with an attitude and actions which could very well cause the very damage, in another way, of the type with which you are obsessed.
Tony Poderis http://www.raise-funds.com
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