Evanston aldermen tonight are to consider setting up two separate committees that would seek to raise private funds to support city services.

One would benefit the the city’s fire and police departments. The other would aid the city’s proposed federally qualified health center.

Evanston aldermen tonight are to consider setting up two separate committees that would seek to raise private funds to support city services.

One would benefit the the city’s fire and police departments. The other would aid the city’s proposed federally qualified health center.

The proposal, from City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz and the city’s recently hired development officer, Davon Woodard, says that to sustain the highest caliber of city services it needs to secure additional revenue from non-traditional sources — including individual and corporate donations as well as foundation and government grants.

The volunteer committees would be selected based on recommendations from the aldermen and mayor and directors of the departments that would benefit from the fundraising.

The city’s development director would provide staff support for the groups.

A staff memo suggests that the groups could build on volunteer efforts already in place that largely run the Citizens Police Academy and the Community Emergency Response Team. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. This strategy concerns me

    This strategy concerns me because the prospects that the city would approach are those who already support the not-for-profit organizations that provide the same services.  My word of caution is to not cannabolize or compete with the existing organizations and the donors who generously support their work.

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