And on the invitation: There will be no solicitation of funds. A perfect coda to a sorry score.
And, then, in the stream of invitations and follow-up invitations to a Young Leadership Cabinet reunion in Park City this Summer, there it was again: There will be no solicitation of funds.
What an embarrassment.
2. Our recent Post questioning why the top paid JFNA Consultant on Something was smiling inspired two critical and insightful Comments:
"All our federations obviously do ignore such abuses as does the executive committee of JFNA, chaired during the last administration by an accountant whose firm specializes in non profits. The aggregate consultancy line is no small item in the budget and easily available were it requested."and, even worse:
"As a CPA, I can share that I sincerely doubt if this is even a legal arrangement. A casual observer might suggest that this is an illegal tax avoidance scheme. This person is directed as an employee and could likely not qualify under IRS guidelines as an independent contractor "consultant".So, reflecting on the JFNA Budget, its "Professional Consultants" Budget line will increase in 2013-2014 to $2,077,000 -- 5.4% of its Budget. And Consulting for what? On what? Hmmm.
My Federation would never countenance such behavior."
This arrangement: both sad and stupid...and what services does the highly paid mystery consultant provide; and on an apparent non-exclusive basis, no less? And, who are the other consultants? What do they do? Please write and tell us.
3. You had to be listening very carefully during the JFNA Board meeting to learn that in 2013 the aggregate of federation annual campaigns fell by another 2-1/2 percent. Hearing this made me and others wonder why JFNA continues to ignore its responsibilities to the federations who need campaign assistance preferring "events" of neither impact or meaning. OK, probably just us.