A coalition of human service organizations would be working toward an increase the funds for all of the human services, working for making the pie for financing human service organizations smaller, working for corporations to make more profits or fighting with each other for limited funds?
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A coalition of human service organizations would, by definition, be working towards the common good. That is why coalitions are formed in the first place. All kinds of professions and businesses form coalitions to represent their common interests in legislatures and to present a united front to the public. As much as with businesses, human service organizations seek to amend existing laws that affect their mission, or to pass new laws for the same purpose. They work together to ensure that adequate funding exists to enable each component of the organization to execute its mission. The coalition, to borrow a platitudinous phrase, ‘seeks to lift all boats.’ Because all of the component parts of the coalition exist to serve the public good, especially with respect to the economically and physically disadvantaged, there is generally a solid consensus regarding the coalition’s purpose. Differences invariably emerge among those parts with regard to tactics, but the strategic goals of the coalition are usually supported by all partners. The answer to the question, then, is that a coalition of human service organizations is working towards increasing the funds for all human services.
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