To the Borough Assembly
by Dave Kiffer
June 23, 2004
Bobbie McCreary is absolutely correct when she says that the
future of local non-profits is a community foundation that would
take over the funding of those groups from the Borough Assembly
and the City Council.
It was very painful on Monday to watch the Assembly cut most
of its local non-profit grant funding from the budget because
I know - more that most - how crucial these groups are to the
community and how necessary it is that they receive at least
some portion of the funding from local government(s). Loss of
that borough grant money will lead to loss of a portion of outside
grant monies and service cutbacks that leave everyone in the
community as the eventual losers. I also understand the difficulty
these groups face with the threat of funding cuts hanging over
them each year and the emotional rollercoaster their supporters
(and users) undergo when they have to fight for their slice of
the pie each budget cycle.
That's why the community foundation - which has been bantered
around for some time - must be developed soon. The trick is finding
a source for an endowment that would support the grants into
the future. While there is always a chance of attracting some
outside money to help set up a foundation, we must first look
within the community. Despite some dire predictions, the borough
does have some money in reserve, as does the city and the Ketchikan
Public Utilities that could be used for this purpose. If all
three organizations were to work together it might be possible
to at least start the foundation process and then get additional
funding from outside. The benefit of putting some money into
the foundation now would be that those three organizations would
no longer have to use scarce yearly budget dollars for non-profit
grant funding in the future.
The foundation benefit to the non-profits would be a stable,
non-political funding process. The foundation could also be used
to help non-profits save money through the pooling of resources
in such areas as administration, grantwriting and fundraising.
Setting up the foundation would require negotiations between
the non-profits and also between the local governments. It would
be a perfect opportunity to begin to repair some of the frayed
relationships in our community.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
To the Borough Assembly by
Bobbie McCreary- Ketchikan, AK - USA
Ketchikan: Listen to this KRBD story... Sales and property
taxes will increase and schools will be funded to the cap under
the Fiscal Year 2005 budget adopted by the Ketchikan Gateway
Borough Assembly Monday night. As Deanna Garrison reports, the
final day of budget discussions focused primarily on Borough
grants to non-profit organizations.
KRBD - Ketchikan Public Radio
- linked Wednesday - June 23, 2004
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