June 3, 2010; Source: The Desert Sun | For a different order of municipal budget problems and nonprofits, look to Palm Springs, California. The city of 47,000 has its challenges in determining what kinds of nonprofits should be able to get parts of the municipal budget, to be sure, but they are of a different order than those of many other localities. Among its tough decisions was to cut its sponsorship of the Palm Springs International Film Festival from $400,000 to $350,000 and to withhold, for the second year in a row, sponsorship of the Kraft Nabisco Championship LPGA golf tournament. Through “private philanthropy,” the Mayor was able to raise money to keep the city’s Fourth of July fireworks alive.—Rick Cohen
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