City Spending on Outside Groups

"According to city staff the City Council has spent a total of $12.6 million to fund outside groups since 2000.

Downtown Greensboro Inc.: $3.2 million
Greensboro Partnership (what other cities call the Chamber of Commerce): $2.5 million
Center City Park: $1.5 million
Greensboro Sports Commission: $1.3 million
Piedmont Triad Regional Council: $713,000
East Market Street Development Corp.: $523,000
Piedmont Triad Partnership: $496,000
Greensboro Children’s Museum: $425,000
Grassroots Productions: $388,000
Architectural Salvage of Greensboro: $279,000
Greensboro Jaycees: $225,000
Triad Stage: $215,000
NC Metro Association: $154,000
Community Theatre of Greensboro: $150,000
Blandwood Mansion: $137,000
Eastern Music Festival: $129,000
Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park: $112,000
Carolina Theatre: $100,000
Piedmont Film Commission: $81,000
Wyndham Championship: $15,000

The amount the City Council spent on funding outside organizations doubled from $704,000, in the 2000-2001 fiscal year, to $1.4 million, in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The City Council also increased the number of outside agencies it funds from 11 in the 2000-2001 fiscal year, to 20 in the 2013-2014 fiscal year."


1 comment:

Billy Jones said...

That list is far from complete. For example: the ICRCM is not included on that list nor are independent donations to Action Greensboro that did not go through the Greensboro Partnership before the merger in 2005. Another is the IRC. The failed Medical Museum isn’t listed and I’m sure if we put our heads together we could come up with others that have been left off the list. In fact: I’m betting the City funds dozens of non profits every year be they called groups or whatever.

And then there’s the groups that get funding from groups that are funded by the City of Greensboro, some known and some unknown. For example: It’s known that DGI funds Grassroots Inc using City funding but where else might Grassroots be getting funds that originated with the taxpayers? Mike Barber's Golf Fore Fun gets funding from the Wyndham Tournament and the Wyndham Tournament is funded by the City. Both are non profits and neither are on the Rhino's list. And how many other non profits are doing these things?

Seems the Rhino is also choosing who it wants to give transparency to. 100% Transparency or Zero public dollars.