MASW Considers Name Change

From their email blast last week, their board may consider a name change…

 

“The Missouri Association for Social Welfare (MASW) Board of Directors has been in a multi-year strategic planning project with a goal of increasing our power as a citizen advocacy organization. One of the questions currently before us is whether to change our name…

 

“Clearly, achieving victories that reduce poverty and improve the quality in Missouri is the most important thing that MASW can do to attract new members and funders.  However no matter how successful our actions, we must still convey to others who we are through our name, so it becomes important not to have a name that confuses the public or requires constant explanation…

 

“MASW began in 1901. Our first name was the Missouri Conference on Corrections and Charities. In 1914 we became the Missouri Conference for Social Welfare. In 1934 we selected our current name…

 

“We receive many calls asking for assistance even though we do not do direct assistance; some think we are the Department of Social Services.  The SW is assumed to stand for ‘social workers’ time after time, yet our membership is much broader than social workers.  Unfortunately the word ‘welfare’ has been used as a wedge issue politically, and some shut their doors in our faces based only on our name…”

 

 

Originally in April 21 MOScout.