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Perdue cuts some nonprofits from budget

Posted February 17, 2011
Updated February 18, 2011

— Special Olympics North Carolina President Keith Fishburne said he has received state funds regularly since 2004. At one time, the group was getting $200,000 a year.

Now all state funding for the group might be lost.

Gov. Beverly Perdue introduced a budget on Thursday for the upcoming fiscal year that eliminates money for some nonprofits, including Special Olympics.

“As far as the governor is concerned, we have been taken out of her budget,” Fishburne said Thursday. “We are very disappointed.”

State funds make up around 2 percent of the Special Olympics budget. The nonprofit has also seen a decrease in donations. Revenue for the organization is down $400,000 over the past 18 months.

Already, events have been scaled back, and Fishburne said he is worried about what will happen next.

“We are going to do our best not to completely cut events,” he said.

Regenia Sanders, mother of Special Olympics athlete Theara Sanders, said she fears losing the group that has helped her daughter’s self-esteem and independence.

Theara Sanders, 26, has been a Special Olympics athlete since she was 10. She plays tennis.

“If I win, I feel really, really great about myself,” Theara Sanders said.

Special Olympics among groups cut from state budget Special Olympics among groups cut from state budget

Fishburne said he is not giving up. He will make a case to the General Assembly to get Special Olympics back in the budget.

Other nonprofits who were cut from the budget are Kids Voting and Communities in Schools.

Other groups could see less funding as state agencies which they are under make mandated cuts.

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  • sunneyone Feb 18, 3:23 p.m.

    I work for a non-profit and I can understand their dismay, but they'll have to do what we did when the economy made things tight - we "tightened up" including limiting spending, laying off staff and going without.

    The state employees are facing possible furloughs or, in the worst case scenario, layoffs. I'm sorry SONC, but we can't afford you. But I know the SONC supporters will step in. Actually, I predict that SONC will have a great year in terms of donations.

  • ncsuecu Feb 18, 2:52 p.m.

    I have supported Special Olympics for many years. I have been to functions and done much more...I did not know that there was any taxpayers money involved until now....Non-profits should be just that meaning they are allowed to operate without taxation. Taxpayers should not be expected to foot this bill, too!

  • squawk08 Feb 18, 2:20 p.m.

    Many nonprofit organizations can get volunteers and go out and do fundraisers the old fashioned way. The issue is that too many individuals and organizations want the taxpayers to pick up the tab. While the Special Olympics provide a tremendous service to people with disabilities, it is not a state or publicly owned organization, so it should not be entitled to taxpayer money. These nonprofits are already getting tax breaks and many other tax amenities that can be used to fund some of their services.

  • sunneyone Feb 18, 2:07 p.m.

    "Why would you want money that is being specifically paid for one thing to go to something else? Talk about waste."
    And fraud....

  • williammjohnston Feb 18, 2:00 p.m.

    Cutting back should be without exception. Time these special interest "organizations" use more volunteers, available free advertising, etc vs administration salaries. Learn to cut overhead expenses!

  • wildcat Feb 18, 12:47 p.m.

    Now its time for Gov. Purdue to cut her salary. It would be the right thing to do.

  • lizard78 Feb 18, 12:26 p.m.

    Thank you genralwayne!

  • The Fox Feb 18, 12:13 p.m.

    The well is dry, the cow ain't giving no more milk, no rain in sight.... it's tough all over.

  • josephlawrence43 Feb 18, 12:07 p.m.

    Bills have been or are going to be filed in both the House and Senate aimed at cutting off the $1.3 Billion dollars paid out to illegal aliens in NC each year. Gotta wonder when, or if, WRAL will every print anything on this???

  • genralwayne Feb 18, 12:05 p.m.

    "All "non-profit" means is that they spend every penny they bring in. that usually means extremely high salaries for people who would normally not be able to get a job."

    There is not a true fact in that entire statement. Salaries for executives and employees of non-profits are limited by law to a level generally well below the norm. And they are not required to "spend every penny." Check your facts before blasting others.

    Still, the Gov made the difficult and proper choices here. I feel for those who may have to do with less this year - but, better to see a "feel good" charity cut back than a breadwinner lose his or her job.

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