More Calculations Associated with CHC Service

CHCs report to county commissioners courts about CHC contributions and to explain why the CHC is in need of support. Monetary requests can be supplemented with performance measures specific to CHC activity. Our first set of performance measure calculations are located here. Below are additional calculations that can build your argument for maintaining and even increasing the budget provided to your CHC. These performance measures illustrate the worth of CHC service. 


Return on Investments Made in CHCs

As with our first set of calculations, we'll use estimated cumulative results taken from 2020 CHC annual reports. When making calculations for individuals CHCs, we'll use the fictional Post Oak CHC, to which we’ve assigned performance measures reflecting CHC reporting averages.

For our purposes, Post Oak CHC is made up of 20 appointees, provided 2,400 volunteer hours, and has an annual county allocation of $5,800.

Below table shows financial reporting from 189 reporting CHCs.

 

Estimated CHC financial reporting for 2020 year of service

Cumulative Amounts

Annual county allocation amounts:
(not including money for museums)

$ 690,644

County money allotted for museums:

 

$ 264,372

Any other money issued by county:
(one-time amount for a special project, etc.)

$ 381,985

Total county monies invested in CHCs in 2020:

$ 1,337,001

 

Our first set of calculations established a monetary value for CHC volunteer hours––Texas CHCs reported a total of 447,079 volunteer hours. Using the 2020 national volunteer hourly rate of $27.20, CHC volunteer hours (for 2020) have a monetary value of $12,160,548. Use this monetary value and the total county monies invested (noted on table above) to determine return on investment.

 

CALCULATE the financial return when county funds are invested in CHC work.

 
  • Monetary value of CHC volunteer hours = $12,160,548
  • Total county monies invested in CHCs = $1,337,001
  • $12,160,548 ÷ $1,337,001 = $9.09 return on investment

For every $1 counties invested in CHCs, $9.09 was returned in CHC service.

When we break down values per CHC, the return varies dramatically based on a CHC's activity level––more active CHCs tend to have a much higher return and less active CHCs tend to have a smaller return. The amount of county money invested will affect calculations to some degree. 

Now, use the fictional Post Oak CHC to calculate investment and return on county investment in the CHC. Our first set of calculations established a monetary value for Post Oak CHC volunteer hours and the table above lists the total amount of county monies invested in Post Oak CHC.

CHC financial reporting for Post Oak CHC for 2020

 

Reported Amounts

Annual county allocation:
(not including money for museums)

$ 5,800

Any other money issued by county:
(one-time amount for a special project, etc.)

$ 1,200

Total county monies invested in Post Oak CHC in 2020:

$ 7,000

 

CALCULATE the return when Post Oak County funds are invested in Post Oak CHC work.

 
  • Monetary value of Post Oak CHC 2020 volunteer hours = $65,280 
  • Total county monies invested in Post Oak CHC in 2020 = $7,000
  • $65,280 ÷ $7,000 = $9.32 return on investment

For every $1 Post Oak County invested in Post Oak CHC, $9.32 was returned in CHC service.

Again, keep in mind that the fictional Post Oak CHC represents the average activity level of reporting CHCs across the state. More active CHCs will have a higher return and less active CHCs will have a smaller return.

 

Additional Support from In-Kind Donations

Donations of in-kind services and equipment to the CHC increase the return on county investment in CHCs. CHC annual reports ask for an accounting of in-kind donations––goods and/or services provided to the CHC at no charge.

When substantial, these donations will be impressive to county officials. So, keep track of the in-kind donations that your CHC receives and note how the CHC is bringing these resources, services, and opportunities to the county. Share this information with your county officials when you provide your annual report.

Does your CHC take advantage of available in-kind opportunities?

Annual reports show that most CHCs have yet to tap into potential sources of in-kind support. If you haven’t already, ask your county officials for help with specific items––copier access, office supplies, etc. Your county has appointed you to serve––it is appropriate to request support to fulfill these expectations. If officials seem amenable, venture into other requests, like, a computer for CHC use, labor for cemetery clean-ups, etc.

Make sure you ask––the answer is always, “no,” if you don’t ask.

Make a list of in-kind donations that would benefit your CHC with notes as to how each will be used by the CHC. Asking the county for help is a natural step but you may also have partner organizations that can donate, as well. Do you have a good relationship with the school district? Maybe it has a public-address system the CHC can borrow. In turn, you can provide services to the school district such as providing opportunities for students to earn community service hours volunteering with CHC projects.

 


 

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