|If it smells like a fish…|
Today I’ve been thinking about how government and nonprofits work together. I attended a house party for a mayoral candidate last night, and one of his priorities is reforming/improving how the City works with community based organizations. So I read the full report on his website.
While I’d certainly not dispute the fact that too many (especially small) nonprofits are not run as efficiently and effectively as possible, I have real reservations that government is going to fix that problem. One of the reasons, after all, that they’ve farmed the work out to nonprofits in the first place is that they don’t have the resources, expertise and/or will to effectively execute.
It would be equally fair to note that many government grant disbursement programs do not run as efficiently as possible; so, they end up giving money to the wrong places and don’t effectively monitor spending and assess outcomes. These guys are already working inefficiently, so why is giving them more authority and responsibility (another ‘layer’ of bureaucracy, really) going to improve things?