July 10, 2011; Source: Boston Herald | NPQ likes to keep an eye out for new and sometimes slightly odd sources of cash for you. Yesterday we wrote a Newswire referencing traffic fines that were going to a child advocacy organization in Kane County, Ill. Today, in this story, the revenue comes from drug money. Every year the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office in Massachusetts auctions off the property of drug dealers and adds to that the funds confiscated from them and then it awards up to 10 percent of it in grants to youth groups, community centers and social service organizations. This year the total to be awarded amounts to somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000.—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.