Friday, August 22, 2008

Peace Corps Downsizing Amid Budget Woes

Though a government agency, rather than a private nonprofit, the Peace Corps certainly has long been a bastion of volunteerism since its creation by President Kennedy in 1961. Now, however, a story in today's Washington Post notes that the Peace Corps (which, as the story notes, President Bush once promised to double in size) is accepting fewer volunteers and cutting other costs as it faces a budget shortfall of $18 million during this and next fiscal year. Part of the problem has been a weak dollar; the Corps estimates that it endured over $9 million in foreign-currency-related losses during the past year. The other problem is the continued stalemate between the Bush administration and Congress on the budget for the new fiscal year.


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Is there a way to supplement with additional provate donations, or is the organization fully government funded?

Posted by: Melanie | Aug 25, 2008 9:43:21 AM

Peace Corps is a fully funded US government agency. They are now allowed take donations. They also have other agencies they fund like NPCA and morepeacecorps that lobby and are allowed to take donations. They also have a paid lobbyists for Congress and the White House. They also have an Inspector General that lobbies Congress regarding PC employee laws and employment payment. They also charge programs like PEPFAR and NGOs for PCVs. Of course the PCVs are paid very little and the charge can be as much as the cost of supporting their work in countries, $41,000.

If PC needs more they can ask Congress. Congress has already agreed to double their budget. They have also agreed to a new five year budget. They have also funded donation gathering organizations like NPCA, morepeacecorps, etc.

Clinton also wanted to double PC size and now Obama does too. This usually means doubled budgets, but not doubled PCVs.

Posted by: IHG | Sep 1, 2008 10:26:20 PM

Peace Corps volunteers not only do great work in the field, but when they come home they continue to make important contributions to our communities, to our country and the world.

The National Peace Corps Association has launched a national outreach and legislative campaign for a re-invigorated Peace Corps. To learn more about this campaign, visit its Web site at:

Posted by: Erica Burman | Sep 2, 2008 9:59:48 AM

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