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Being a Nonprofit
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
Nonprofit status issued by the IRS through code 501(c)(3) is intended to provide programs and services that serve the general public. Business associations, clubs and political groups may hold nonprofit status through other IRS codes.
The IRS definition of 501(c)(3) status dictates an organization holding this status must operate as a “public benefit corporation”. In practice this means your nonprofit is a business but its purpose is that of charity and goodwill. In brief, a nonprofit subscribes to these basic principles.
Operates in the public interest
Maintains transparent stewardship of funds it receives
Complies with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
Maintains an active and competent Board of Directors
Utilizes best practices in hiring, training and management of staff and volunteers
Creates and evaluates long term plans
Regularly monitors programs and services to ensure delivery and evaluation meet client needs
Engages with other nonprofits to create a strong network that builds organizational efficiency and relevance
We are here to assist you in meeting these requirements and becoming the most effective and efficient organization you can be.
I have served nearly 30 years as a nonprofit executive director at local, state, national and international levels. I have raised millions of dollars through grants, donor programs, special events and fee-for-service contracts. I have successfully secured funds through Federal, State, City and County governments as well as foundations, businesses and individual donors.
My career has been diverse as are my personal interests. I have led international gatherings of 5,000+ conference attendees for an 8-day music festival and lobbied elected officials to secure basic human rights. I rode garbage trucks while designing work training programs for inner city young adults and have written business plans for diverse organizations.
I am a creative problem solver with a keen understanding of diversified funding systems. I am an experienced researcher adept at securing funding to meet the operating, program, capital and capacity-building needs of local, national and international programs and organizations.
My nonprofit experience includes serving on Boards of Directors such as the Area Agency on Aging, Tempe Human Relations Commission, National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Centers (CenterLink), Lincoln Family YMCA and Clean Elections Institute. I am humbled to have received numerous honors and awards, including the State of California Woman of the Year for 2002.
In my spare time I enjoy genealogy research, camping, sustainable gardening and photography.
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