New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Kay Dervishi

NYN Media City Councilman Kallos calls for nonprofit funding to be prioritized over for-profit business contracts by Kay Dervishi

City Councilman Kallos calls for nonprofit funding to be prioritized over for-profit business contracts

Government contracts have been a vital source of funding for human services nonprofits in New York City – and a source of great frustration. Delayed contracts and underfunding have been common concerns nonprofits have brought to city government – concerns that have only become more acute during the COVID-19 pandemic. NYN Media spoke with City Councilman Ben Kallos, who chairs the Committee on Contracts, about the committee’s upcoming June 23rd hearing and how the city can improve funding for nonprofits. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.