News » LA County Economic Resiliency Task Force: Nonprofit Working Group – Equity In Contracting
Focused on reforming and improving the way more than $4B of annual LA County funding makes its way to area nonprofits, the pioneering work of LA County Economic Resiliency Task Force Nonprofit/Philanthropy Working Group is already starting to yield results.
Last summer, 45 foundations, all members of Southern California Grantmakers, signed a letter supporting recommendations by the LA County Economic Resiliency Task Force Nonprofit/Philanthropy Working Group outlining what LA’s nonprofit sector needs to recover from the devastation of the pandemic. Our sector was overwhelmed, delivering services to millions who lost jobs, family members, and homes, but the threats to sustainability were not new. We called out the fact that black and brown communities were hardest hit and that for community-based organizations to have more impact, it was time to recognize that, in part, County contracting practices created this preexisting condition and if we wanted to see more public dollars invested in an equitable recovery, County contracting had to be reformed.
The message in our recommendations was clear: Nonprofit organizations provide essential services to county residents as partners, not vendors. To achieve economic resiliency across our sector, and produce better outcomes, the County’s contracting, auditing, and reimbursement practices must evolve and change.
This week, with leadership from the CEO’s Office and its Service Integration Branch, in partnership with the Economic Resiliency Task Force’s Nonprofit/Philanthropy Work Group; four Action Teams, co-led by County staff and nonprofit leaders, will focus on:
Expediting and increasing reimbursement
Redefining technical assistance
One year later these key milestones, based on our recommended goals, have now been set in place by the Board of Supervisors.
Nonprofit Resiliency: Equity in County ContractingJune 2020 through August 2021
Given the relentless challenges facing our communities and service delivery providers over the past 16 months, we know all the participants in this process are stressed and stretched. A heartfelt thanks to the Board of Supervisors, their deputies, and the leadership in the CEO’s office for their willingness to take this on now. Thanks too, to the hundreds of nonprofit leaders who participated in our focus groups to set priorities that will make a difference in vulnerable communities. Having the letter of support signed by dozens of diverse foundations and more than 400 nonprofit organizations signaled that we all take these issues seriously.
We are proud of our progress and know that it will take several years to address these epic challenges, but we are ready to take them on. Over the next several months, the 100 members of the four Action Teams will work through the details of changing outdated contracting and reimbursement practices, challenge time-consuming auditing policies, remove barriers to access, and unpack legal parameters to find more efficient solutions that focus on greater results over administrative processes.
The Weingart Foundation, the California Community Foundation, and the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Foundation have our gratitude for supporting the Economic Resiliency Task Force’s Nonprofit/Philanthropy Working Group over the past year, with organization and coordination provided by the Center for Nonprofit Management.
Nonprofit/Philanthropy Working GroupLA County Economic Resiliency Task Force
Action Team #1:
Purpose:Responsible for developing recommendations and strategies for better access to County contracting opportunities by CBOs and nonprofits.
Qualifications:Experience providing technical assistance to CBOs and/or nonprofits or growing a CBO or nonprofit to obtain government funding. Experience with strategic planning.
Action Team #2:
Purpose:Responsible for developing recommendations and strategies for simplifying the County’s contracting process and resolving systemic contracting process issues and contracting barriers.
Qualifications:Experience with County contracting either with the County or as a contractor. Knowledge of County contracting requirements.
Action Team #3:
Action Team #4:
Jerry Oliver Joemy Wilson Lovell Fleming Marcus Pritchett Margaret Starbuck Maria Madrigal Matthew Zarcufsky CFRE Prentice Deadrick Rachel DavenportRosalind Goddard Scott Pansky Shari Davis Stephanie Pinnock Yvonne Mariajimenez Ali Meisel Ann Greer Audrey Yoder Brigida Salinas Cathy McClureCecile Oreste Courtney Clark DeBorah Charles Gemma North Heather Tunis J Yudell James Amato Jen Dawson Jennifer Baughman
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