Thursday, March 31, 2011

Clarksville's Nonprofit Funding Problems

The way the Clarksville, TN City Council handles nonprofit funding is being put under some major changes--though when that will happen is anybody's guess.

As with any chage in governance practices, a new committee has been formed to figure out how the city will handle future funding of Clarksville nonprofits.  So why does there even need to be any changes?  Well, according to the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, this subject has been a difficult one for the city during the last two years.  In 2010, for example, members of the City Council were frustrated with why they were being asked to fund only certain nonprofits, while leaving others out.  Members also were skeptical if the money they were doling out was going to worthy causes.

During the new committee's initial meeting on Wednesday, it was agreed that a small pecentage of the city's budget would go to non-profits each year.  This is not much differet than previous plans, but this time there is discussion about dividing funding into set percentages for specific charitable functions, such as help for the poor or arts.  The committee's leader, Ward 8 Councilman David Allen, hopes that this move would help mak more competition funding, rather than allowing a small group of nonprofits dominating each year.

Read more about the non-profit funding battle at the Clarksvile Leaf Chronicle.

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