January 9, 2011; Source: Star News | Nonprofits receiving a small amount of money from Brunswick County, N.C. may find themselves relieved of the burden of producing full-blown audits soon. The county is reviewing the practice of demanding an audit that could cost between $4,000 and $7,000 from small organizations receiving grants that are sometimes smaller than that cost. County Finance officer Ann Hardy says that nothing in particular sparked the review but that she is concerned about the burden the audit requirement puts on small nonprofits. Brunswick County is known for being “thoughtful” about how it works with nonprofits, according to UNC School of Government professor Margaret Henderson. One local practitioner commented, “They’ve been great to work with . . . If they make changes, I hope they’re still as easy to work with as they have been.” NPQ hopes that the eminently laudable common sense and partnership stance of this county government is repeated many times over across the country by both private and public funders. Every transactional requirement has its costs. —Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is the founder and Editor Emerita of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.