by John Shenot
One of my goals as chapter president is to make the management of your chapter as transparent as is reasonably possible. In pursuit of that goal, this month I want to share a summary of how FCAS manages its finances. If any member wants more details than are provided in this article, please don’t hesitate to ask.
FCAS is a very small non-profit organization run by volunteers. Our annual budget in recent years has been less than $10,000. For example, in the “Revenues” chart, you can see a summary of our revenues for 2014. More than two-thirds came from the dues that FCAS members pay or the contributions that National Audubon Society (NAS) makes on behalf of NAS members that are served by our chapter. Add in donations from generous individuals, and you’ve accounted for 90 percent of our revenues. Most of the remainder came from sales of products like our pocket guide and checklists.
FCAS spends most of the money we receive to provide services that directly benefit our members. At the top of the list is our newsletter and other publications, followed by the monthly programs we offer, and our website. These three items accounted for 80 percent of our expendi-tures in 2014, as shown in the “Expenses” chart. Our chapter also spent a little more than 10 percent of our budget to support the statewide work of the Audubon Colorado Council, and the regional and national work of NAS. The remainder, roughly 10 percent, was spent on administrative costs (to keep the chapter functioning) and registration fees for local nature festivals in which we promoted our mission, recruited new members, and sold FCAS products.
The board is interested in having a third party audit our finances, just to make sure our accounting practices are reasonable. If any member has the requisite skills and would be willing to do a pro bono audit of FCAS, please contact a board member.
Find FCAS on Facebook for Field Trip Information
FCAS has a Facebook page where we post announcements about upcoming field trips, last minute changes to scheduled trips, and high-lights of most of our outings. Just click on the “Like" button in the plugin to Like our page! Our announcements should then appear on your wall. You can also click on "Fort Collins Audubon Society" to be taken directly to the Facebook page. Note: All field trips are also announced in the Ptarmigan and on our website.