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A growing trend in municipal governance is to have a nonprofit foundation attached to the mayor's office, but separate from official city funds; critics say it is an avenue for cronyism.

"In Jacksonville, Florida, Mayor Lenny Curry is hiring for a novel new position within his administration—a chief philanthropy officer for the city.

"The idea is not an entirely novel one; the state of Michigan created an Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) in 2003 in what the state called a “first in the nation” cabinet-level position. And in Newark, New Jersey, a city famous for its connection with big givers like Mark Zuckerberg, then-Mayor Cory Booker appointed a philanthropic liaison in 2007."--Steven Yenzer, Inside Philanthropy

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