Nonprofit fundraising bailing out Sacramento County
June 29, 2010
The term "government bailout" has entered the lexicon of American society. But now county governments are turning to nonprofits for help in solving their budget woes.
Sacramento County has shifted control of 77-acre nature preserve Effie Yeaw Nature Center to the American River Natural History Association, the Sacramento Bee reports. The move saved the preserve from being cut entirely from the county's budget.
This is not the first nonprofit takeover for Sacramento County programs, though. Volunteers of America now runs the Mather Community Campus, and Meals on Wheels exists thanks to a commitment from the Asian Community Center, the paper writes.
While previous nonprofit takeovers have received funding and assistance from the cityl, the American River Natural History Association will have to go it alone. "At this point the only offer is, 'Suck it up. We're broke,'" Greg Voelm, an association member, told the paper.
Nonprofits do not need to be convinced to assume new responsibilities. At least four different organizations expressed interests in running the center for the duration of the 10-year contract, the Sacremento News Review writes.