“Happy to do so once things slow down a bit for us. The week of May 14th may be a bit lighter.“
That’s 5 days after the meeting at which the grants will be voted upon!
Directors Faro and Griffin, who serve on the Grants Committee, have had access to the information for many weeks. Their recommendations ignore the “fungibility” of these grants to clients living outside the district. This diminishes incremental district resident benefits to well below 50%. The board has no-established-policy regarding such accountability. A de-facto policy allows for grants which do not exceed the amount that the organization spends on District residents.
Former CEO, Lee Michelson, described that policy in an e-mail, to wit:
“We fund a great number of programs that serve both residents and non –residents. Since our funding is geographically restrictive other funding that does not place the same limitations can then be used to provide services to non –residents. We have never had a problem with that and in fact always encourage them to raise other money to cover the non- District residents. We review spending to make sure that our funds do not exceed the amount that the organization spends on District residents. In the case of Ravenswood, they spend significantly more than $700,000 a year on District residents so we are comfortable that the money that they(sic) give them is used for our residents.”
I urge readers to view the list of grantees and visit their websites. You may already contribute to some of them. You may be shocked to see where your taxes are going.