The donors who fund nonprofits like to see results: Numbers of people served, the percentage of funds spent on programs, the overall impact on the community. But, as we report in a new story, it can be tough for fledgling inner-city groups to get money when the results of their work aren’t always obvious.
Our story focuses on an organization of “violence intervention workers” who are much more down-to-earth than that wonky job title suggests. They help families of homicide victims with things like grief counseling, groceries and referrals to other groups that can help them.
Now, activists are working to expand these kinds of programs, using efforts in Los Angeles as a model. But we’re not L.A. (spoiler alert!), and that’s raising some challenges.
Separate… and Unequal?
We’re continuing our examination of inequalities in San Diego schools by taking a deeper look at how classrooms in richer parts of town get a major boost from parent donors through foundations. “The broader question of whether foundations exacerbate inequalities hangs unanswered,” VOSD reporter Mario Koran writes.
For their part, “parents who run foundations say that raising money to fill funding gaps at schools is not only fair, it’s necessary.” Why? Because schools in neighborhoods like La Jolla miss out on funds that go to schools with poorer students. But do poorer students have extra needs that kids from richer families don’t?
Police Chief: Yes, Racial Profiling’s an Issue
• Thanks in part to our coverage, concern about racial profiling by cops is an issue facing the police department. How big of an issue? Shelley Zimmerman, the new police chief, gave an indication at a town hall meeting this week, as NBC San Diego reports.