Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Boston Mayor (Finally) Discloses Charity’s Donors - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active an engaged democracy.
Boston Mayor (Finally) Discloses Charity’s Donors - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active an engaged democracy.: Menino plans to “overhaul” and limit the fund, disclose all donors online, and will no longer collect contributions for events held at City Hall Plaza or other public lands. Nice—but late, especially since it seems (to us) to have been prompted by a Globe report last fall on donations to the fund by Richard Fields, the owner of Suffolk Downs. Fields donated $47,500 to neighborhood arts programs and holiday toy drives and Fields has been pushing for a casino in East Boston, where Suffolk Downs is located. After the Globe article, the fund returned a $5,000 donation from the racetrack. What made that donation from Suffolk Downs and Fields bad enough to return and previous donations okay to keep? Disclosure, transparency and sunlight—no more, no less.