The reduction in fiscal sponsorship revenue resulted from W.A.T.E.R. leaving to form a separate nonprofit organization. Special events income increased with expanded Earth Day and Wild & Scenic Film Festival programming. Contributions and membership income increased slightly, as the year-end Giving Tuesday push generated $9700 in donations and matching funds. While grant funding was below last year’s levels, that was entirely due to a timing difference: 2014 amounts included two years of Patagonia grant funds.
Total expense for 2015 increased to $107k, 18.4% more than the previous year.
Grants to other organizations increased as we transferred the W.A.T.E.R. group’s funds to their new nonprofit after our fiscal sponsorship agreement ended. We also increased our special event activity around Earth Day and for other events (note that an additional $3500 grant in support of the film festival is categorized in grants rather than special event income, so with that, these events did make a small profit).
Salaries and contract services expense declined overall after we eliminated one position; we brought two formerly contract staff on as employees; two of our staff worked fewer hours than budgeted in the last part of the year.
Non-Personnel expense included decreases in supplies, printing and other items from the previous year, offset by an increase in telephone/internet expense in our new office. While facility rent increased slightly with the move, utilities are now included. Last year’s facility and equipment cost additionally included moving expense.
Travel and meeting expense increased slightly to attend government hearings and other conferences. Other expenses declined as we let go our credit card merchant account and found more affordable web hosting.
Cash on hand decreased from $25k to $15k during the year, with the difference used to cover the net operating loss. We closed out fiscal sponsorship funds for W.A.T.E.R. and two other small projects, and simplified our program accounting; we continue to fiscally sponsor the Community Garden and took on a sponsorship of the “Way of the Mountain” natural history book project.