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Address Your Nonprofit Funding Concerns To Your Local Municipality

Guest Commentary
by Dan Bickford

City Councils and Supervisorial Districts are meeting to discuss how to spend the millions of dollars coming available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). These funds are being made available through the federal government for direct relief to the American people, rescuing the American economy and beating the virus.

Municipal recipients of the funds have a fairly wide range of levity in spending the funds. One of the specific purposes is:

“Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harm to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector.
Included in this specific purpose could be in support of restoring the negative impact to nonprofits due to Covid related losses.”

I confirmed this opportunity with Tim McDermott, Financial Director for the City of Santee.

As the President of the Kiwanis Club of Santee, I was moved to action. I first met with my Treasurer and then wrote letters to the Santee City Council and Finance Manager asking for consideration to nonprofits in distributing ARPA funds.

The Kiwanis Club of Santee had not been allowed to hold a single fundraising event in 16 months and we were down nearly $20,000 in fundraising revenues. I knew we were not unique. I contacted other nonprofits and discovered they have to be suffering too. I won’t disclose their numbers, but my suspicion was again well confirmed with the other local nonprofits.

ARPA will be discussed again at the Santee City Council during the 6:30 p.m. meeting of August 11, 2021 as Item 13. I ask Santee nonprofits to speak before the City Council to support some ARPA monies are directed to aid nonprofits recovering from the negative impact caused by the public health emergency.

If you are not in Santee, call, write, email, text, however you can communicate, but tell your local municipality your nonprofit needs ARPA assistance.

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Dan Bickford is a Senior Advocate, Serial Volunteer, and the President of the Kiwanis Club of Santee.

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