December 21, 2009

From The City That Brought You Nancy Pelosi

In 2007, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) held a seminar for the nonprofits vying for a piece of $78 million in funding. Grant seekers were told that in the next funding cycle, they would be required — for the first time — to provide quantifiable proof their programs were accomplishing something.

The room exploded with outrage. This wasn't fair. "What if we can bring in a family we've helped?" one nonprofit asked. Another offered: "We can tell you stories about the good work we do!" Not every organization is capable of demonstrating results, a nonprofit CEO complained. He suggested the city's funding process should actually penalize nonprofits able to measure results, so as to put everyone on an even footing. Heads nodded: This was a popular idea.

Read on. 6.6 billion just doesn't get you what it used to.

Posted by Kate at December 21, 2009 10:43 AM

Hey doesn't the AlGoracle have his surf shack in San Francisco?

Just wait for the sea to rise 6 meters and you won't have to worry about the budget problems of Pelosiville, they will simply be under water like their budgets!

What better symmetry could you ask for?


Hans-Christian Georg Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group “True North”

Posted by: Hans Rupprecht at December 21, 2009 11:12 AM

oh... I thought this was a story about the teachers union.

My bad:(

Posted by: Indiana Homez at December 21, 2009 11:28 AM

All part of the California syndrome . . .

"California: Running a failed state can sure be expensive
By: David Freddoso
Online Opinion Editor
12/15/09 8:40 AM EST

Among the many problems California faces now: The near-junk rating on its bonds means the state pays more in interest. In 2020, Reuters reports, the state will pay more than $10 billion on interest alone.

More here on how profligate spending and liberal, anti-business policies are killing the host organism, causing a record out-migration of businesses and citizens alike from a state whose natural beauty is unsurpassed.

Posted by: Fred at December 21, 2009 11:29 AM

whereas I help the poor by setting an example..

'he is almost always a slave who cannot live on little"....Horace.

Posted by: john begley at December 21, 2009 11:31 AM

every time I read shite like this I'm more convinced that Atlas Shrugged wasn't a novel but a textbook.

Posted by: DT at December 21, 2009 11:34 AM

Sounds like Toronto.

Posted by: Alan at December 21, 2009 11:45 AM

Those are the same folks who are the supporters of the one world government to solve the planet's problems.

Posted by: Abe Froman at December 21, 2009 11:46 AM

In spite of the comments this is actually a difficult thing for non-profits to do (I work as an evaluator) - you can provide evidence of service delivery, but impacts can be years away. And few non-profits have the skills, time or money to do long-term evaluations that show impact/results. However having said that, few non-profits even try. But at the same time, the government departments that fund them are usually clueless about results (and have a difficult time trying to demonstrate results for projects they operate).

I would be concerned about non-profits who are not interested in results and expect governments to fund them regardless (and there are a lot of non-profits who operate that way and usually have a pipeline to some minister's office and all government ministers have slush funds for this purpose.

Posted by: Maureen at December 21, 2009 12:16 PM

The regulatoy fascists in DC have been buying their way int State jurisdiction for decades. Watch when they go to sell Health care to the states - more bribe subsidies to operate Federal bureaucracies within the state. This central government hegemony shite just never ends. Bureaucracy gets to a point where it exists for its own sake - expanding, taxing and regulating everything in sight until we finally live entirely for the benefit and continuity of bureaucracy.

Time to put the brakes on this Federal power grab.

Posted by: Bill at December 21, 2009 12:19 PM

How long before ACORN/SEIU takes over all Nonprofits that have sold their independence and integrity for whore (Taxpayer) money?

The US military is not Obama's "army", ACORN/SEIU is.

Posted by: John G Chittick at December 21, 2009 12:31 PM

Only got through the first page so far, and if I had not known ahead of time what SF Weekly sttod for, I would have sworn it was Sci Fi Weekly and not San Fransico Weekly.

Bizaar stuff.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at December 21, 2009 1:03 PM

This is a must read for those who think that anybody on the right side of the spectrum is evil and greedy.

For the longest time we've been misled into thinking that the US was a sensible country, run by credible people.


Posted by: Erik Larsen at December 21, 2009 1:30 PM

He suggested the city's funding process should actually penalize nonprofits able to measure results, so as to put everyone on an even footing. Heads nodded: This was a popular idea.

So let's penalize companies that keep accurate records and don't cook the books. That'll be "fair", right?

Maybe I shouldn't give these idiots any ideas.

Posted by: Amy P. at December 21, 2009 2:20 PM

Oh, and let me know how that whole health care thing turns out . . . .

Posted by: Erik Larsen at December 21, 2009 2:37 PM

These people must truly believe money grows on trees.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at December 21, 2009 7:22 PM

"He suggested the city's funding process should actually penalize nonprofits able to measure results, so as to put everyone on an even footing."

Unbelievable! The cretin that proposed this idea should have been immediately and forcefully told, in the tradition of the Soup Nazi ... no funds for you.

Posted by: biffjr. at December 22, 2009 8:48 AM