The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly
is changing the way non-profits are funded. During a Thursday work session, the
assembly discussed a new application that will be required for non-profits looking
to obtain funding from the borough. Assemblywoman Carol Austerman helped create
the application and said the goal was to make it more clear how the money will
be spent within a particular non-profit.
-- (Non-profits 1 :42 “Basically what our goal is with this … that
tax payer money.”)
handful of representatives from various local non-profits attended Thursday’s
work session. The floor was opened up for those individuals to provide feedback
on the new application. Many in the room expressed concern over a business plan
being included in the application. On the back page of the application is a
check list of documents to attach, including an organization’s business plan.
Jones is the executive director of the Kodiak Baptist Mission, which owns and
operates the Kodiak Island Food Bank. He said the recent construction of a new
building at the Mission
was completely funded through grants, none of which required a business
-- (Non-profits 2 :49 “We
did that all through ... the service delivery side.”)
Dinnocenzo is the district manager for the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation
District and said requiring a business plan may actually discourage non-profits
from seeking borough funds.
-- (Non-profits 3 :46 “The concept of a business
plan … make sense.”)
replied to the criticism of the business plan by saying it wasn’t actually
-- (Non-profits 4 :52 “We did not say that those … plan,
assembly made some tweaks to the application so the required and optional
materials were better defined. Other minor changes were made, and the
application is expected to be available online sometime this week.