More than 40 percent of the funds spent by Evanston Township are allocated to administrative costs, and the City’s Human Services Committee has questioned whether those percentages are too high. Figures provided by the Township show that 49 percent of the funds in the General Assistance fund and 38 percent in the Town Fund, the Township’s two main funds, are allocated to administrative costs, said Seventh Ward Alderman Jane Grover, chair of the Human Services Committee. She asked for clarification. “The benchmarks [for administrative costs] are closer to 35 percent for administrative expense, and the expenses of the Township are much higher,” she said. “For non-profit organizations, administrative expenses should be 23 percent. Both the General Assistance Fund and the Town Fund are pretty big administratively for what we are getting.”

Rosemary Jean-Paul, who works for the Township, said, “We’ve touched on this before. We have informed the committee that our staff [members] have dual jobs. For example, I do administration and case work. … Your rationale of how it’s supposed to be does not match how it is. We are a not-for-profit organization.”

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, suggested that Township officials present the monthly costs, broken down by salaries and amount of each salary allocated to administration, direct services, etc.

Ald. Grover added, “Make a calculation for each employee as to how they spend their time for a month; that would be illustrative.”

Ms. Jean-Paul said she would obtain the figures for the committee.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...