I find it hard to believe that we are already through the first quarter of this new fiscal year! With all of the changes at FNC, it has certainly seemed like a whirlwind! We have a lot of things to celebrate as we move into the fall.
First Board Meeting of the Revamped Board of Directors
We had an incredible first official meeting of our new Board of Directors on September 23! The Board officially approved our more concise mission statement, which more accurately and succinctly represents what FNC is all about. Thanks to the staff and board members who worked on this!
FNC Gains the Support of First Time Funders
We are happy to announce that FNC has two new funders at our table!
We are thankful to PNC for their generous grant of $5,000 in support of our Teens 4 Good After-School Programming!
Also joining our supporters is Aetna! Aetna has graciously awarded FNC $25,000 in support of our Teens for Good Healthy Community Initiative! This will go a long way in supporting our efforts to make our urban farms community hubs for learning about food access and healthy eating!
Philadelphia Housing Authority Belly Flop
Of course, with the good comes the bad. After submitting a strong proposal to do after school programming for PHA, we were asked for our “best and final offer”, which we submitted on the same day. Soon after, we received word that we were being funded and a contract was sent, referencing the proposal and best and final offer. Contracts were signed, but when we finally had our post-award meeting, it was apparent that nothing was as it seemed. Our program would have not only brought excellent programming to the area around our 8th and Poplar Farm, but would have also connected participants and their families to some of the best neighborhood-based health supports available anywhere. We sincerely hope that PHA finds a way to get their house in order so that residents can get the level of support they both need and deserve. We will continue to push them for accountability on this incredible lack of communication, follow-up and contract integrity.
Funding for 2015-2016
While things certainly are brighter for us fiscally this year compared to last, there are still challenges. The fiasco with PHA caused us a hit of approximately $40k in existing staff salary support. The inability of the Governor and the Pennsylvania Legislature to come to an agreement on a budget leaves many other things in limbo. While we have indications that funding will proceed as expected from the Department of Human Services and others impacted by the impasse, those things remain in limbo for now. We are thankful that we are able to move forward with our USLA 2.0 youth programming (funded through the Philadelphia Youth Network), but also acknowledge that payments may be delayed indefinitely, based on the timing of an approved state budget.
How Can YOU Help?
Your support is crucial, especially in these days of uncertain funding. Right now, we could certainly use support to fill the budget gap left by PHA. We could also use additional supports for our farms – as you know, rural farms often cannot break even, imagine how difficult it is for small urban farms! If you want to know about some specific things you could support – call me (215.989.3566 x11) or email me (email@example.com) and we can talk specifics! If you wish to make a general donation today, whether $1 or $1000, you can use the link below and make your donation safely via PayPal online. Or, if you like doing things old school, you can always mail a check to us at 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19102!
Another Way You Can Help!
FNC is expanding its fiscal sponsorship work through the newly revamped FNC Emerging Partners Fiscal Sponsorship Initiative. Doing this keeps us true to our mission of creating intentional partnerships to effectively support thriving communities in the Philadelphia region. Here’s how you can help:
- Do you know of an individual or group working toward their 501(c)(3) status?
- If we determine that our missions align, FNC can serve as the fiscal sponsor for the project or group while they await their full non-profit status! Through the fiscal sponsorship of FNC, they can receive grant monies and accept donations through us. We provide fiscal services along with a customizable package of supports (data, IT, staff development, etc.) to help them reach their goals! The cost is minimal and is based on the services provided.
- Do you know of a small non-profit that is struggling?
- If we determine that our missions align, FNC can provide back-office supports (fiscal, data, IT, staff development, faceetc.) at a fraction of the cost of an agency housing these functions in-house!
If you know of someone who could benefit from these services – please let them know about us, and let us know about them! I am always happy to discuss fiscal sponsorship options with groups that share a mission that aligns with that of FNC.
As always, we are thankful for your support!