It takes quite a bit of money to keep a riverine community legal advocacy center running. The offices housing the legal advocacy center cost money: in terms of rent. Furthermore, the electricity and water consumed in the advocacy center’s offices has to be paid for. The vehicles used by the officers who run the riverine community legal advocacy center have to be fueled and serviced. The officers who run the center have to be remunerated as well. There are many other costs, including stationery, media publicity costs… and so on. The question arises, as to how the money to do all these things can be obtained.
One way in which a riverine community legal advocacy center can be financed is through the use of donations. A well disposed person may, for instance, go to the Gap eService website, and find that the Gap credit card bill he is to pay is lower than he had budgeted for. Or, after going through the Gap credit card application process, he may discover that the money that he saves through the initial account opening discount is huge: amounting to hundreds of dollars. Subsequently, the person in question may be inclined to donate the money thus saved to the riverine community legal advocacy center. If the process is repeated numerous times, the resultant revenue for the advocacy center ends up being reasonably huge.
The second way in which a riverine community legal advocacy center can be financed is through the use of contributions from the members of the riverine community being defended. As a matter of fact, one of the key ways to empower the members of the riverine community to fight for their own rights is by having them finance their own advocacy organizations.
The third way in which a riverine community legal advocacy center can be financed is through the use of tax money. If a government is convinced that the riverine community legal advocacy center is engaging in useful work (and in work that advances the government’s interests), then the government may – directly or indirectly – fund it. Even where the work of the riverine community legal advocacy center is of dubious value to the government, the government is still likely to be inclined to, at the very least, give the advocacy center some tax breaks. And that would be a way of financing the advocacy center, because the money that would otherwise have been used to pay various taxes can then be used to finance the advocacy center.