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To the editor,

Thank you, Mary Mountcastle, for offering up a frank and refreshing take on operating grants becoming the default for more grantors [“The case for operating support”, 01.14.08].

Would that your position would take a firmer hold on the imaginations of funders.

It’s hardly a secret among nonprofits that we often strain to make the argument for a restricted or one-time grant — knowing that’s what a given funder will be drawn to — when what we need is unrestricted support of our core mission.

Too many funders see those grants as somehow unworthy of their “special” funds.

If we have the audits, outcomes and accountability to back up our ongoing performance and needs, why not open up the store?

Greg Kirkpatrick, executive director, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill N.C.

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