That’s the best word to use when talking about transparency of most not-for-profit organizations.
If they are financed with government money, however, I have argued since the 1970’s that they should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
[caMy bill that went nowhere, but did inspired an editorial cartoon in the Daily Herald, would have put any non-profit under the FOIA if it got more than half of its money from governmental sources.
Local, state, Federal, it wouldn’t make any difference.
Perhaps my vision for transparency should now be broadened to include not-for-profits created by governmental entities.
Last month the Chicago Sun-Times reported on patronage hiring, plus raises and contracts for political favorites at Navy Pier, Inc., a not-for-profit created by the governmental McPier Board to run Navy Pier. (There are stories on salaries and the tourism agency as well.)
But it’s not just Chicago quasi-governmental entities that need the light of day.
The McHenry County Conservation District’s Foundation financed the last two bond campaigns. I think the public should be able to see what’s going on, especially since the Foundation was started with $1 million of what I think should have been put in the taxpayers’ McHenry County Conservation District treasury.
The McHenry County College Foundation also financed MCC’s last referendum campaign my memory is telling me.
There are other examples, of course, which are certainly not all campaign related.