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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Urban League of Portland gets another pass

No matter how badly these guys screw up, the politicians and bureaucrats just keep shoveling public money to them. They must deliver a lot of votes.

Leaving aside the obvious mismanagement of the organization, it's a little hard to believe that the state gave them a $170,000 grant to sign up poor African-American kids for public health care, and they managed to get a big 22 actual enrollments. That works out to $7,727.27 per signup.

Maybe we ought to be spending that $170,000 to try to get gangster kids to stop shooting at each other.

Comments (3)

Organizations serving "the community" are given a lot of deference and treated with kid gloves. Some leniency is understandable to an extent -- it's going to take people who have been disenfranchised and marginalized for decades awhile to build up solid institutions. But as Jack pointed out in an earlier post, the leaders of the Urban League are not good-hearted volunteers with day jobs who should be cut some slack for not having the firmest grasp of finance and accounting. They are men and women of accomplishment and stature who have held previous posts that presumably would have given them the management expertise to run a tighter ship.

It is my understanding that the leaders of the Urban League are paid professionals. The city should not fund this operation.

I have more respect for NW Ministerial Alliance.

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