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November 27, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Time to downsize and consolidate nonprofits

I agree with many of the things guest columnist Sonya Campion had to say in her article about Washington state nonprofits, many of which my wife and I support [“It’s time for nonprofits to advocate for their missions,” Opinion, Nov. 21].

She writes, “It is time for the nonprofit sector to take a long look in the mirror.” What she does not ask is the most fundamental question of all: Do they need to exist as they do today? In other words, is there another nonprofit out there that is duplicating efforts, and doing it better and is doing it at less cost? Should some nonprofits join forces, thereby making both organizations stronger?

The unspoken plea in every charity solicitation you receive is actually, “We need this money to come in to pay our salaries first.” Maybe 18,000 charities in Washington state with 300,000 people working there are too many. Consolidate, and make them more efficient — and lay a few people off.

Yes, I’m very aware that nearly all of those 300,000 work for less than sterling wages, but these nonprofits need to be run more like a business.

Ed Waldock, Seattle

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