The City Beat didn’t write about this for tomorrow’s paper because there’s no real news, but this is an interesting issue that keeps popping up. Why are there so many nonprofits in Grand Forks that cover roughly the same territory? And why won’t they relocate together or something and share office services, such as, say, a receptionist?
City Council President Hal Gershman and finance committee Chairman Doug Christensen posed these questions tonight after the director of the Northlands Rescue Mission, Dave Sena,Â asked for some money to do some strategic planning. The money is some surpluses in CDBG funds that the city has available for planning and administrative purposes.
I’m not 100 percent sure Dave’s request has anything to do with what Hal and Doug brought up, mostly because it was such a tedious discussion that I knew I had no chance of writing anything about it and, therefore, it lost my attention.
However, the points Hal and Doug made has come up before and it made me think. If the city has the money to potentially fund some study, perhaps it could study this issue of consolidation and potential duplication of services?
I’m actually quite curious myself because I have no idea how many nonprofits are out there and whether their services are duplicated or overlap in some fashion. Any thoughts?