Giving Tuesday revenue declined in 2016 (-39%) as more local nonprofit organizations competed for donations through that fundraising program. Grant funding remained steady as did fiscal sponsorships, with the addition of a new sponsored film project. There is a clear need to restore and maintain strong connections to our traditional donor base and more importantly, to gain new supporters.
Total expense declined to $70,538 in 2016 compared with $106,925 (-34%) the previous year, primarily due to reduced staffing in 2016 and effects of a one-time 2015 expense.
Grants to other organizations decreased because in 2015 we transferred the W.A.T.E.R. group’s funds to their new nonprofit after our fiscal sponsorship agreement ended.
Taken together, salaries and contract services were reduced by $19,060 (about 30% of the combined total) in 2016 compared to 2015.
In 2016, two staff worked fewer hours than budgeted due to outside obligations. Also, our board decided not to lead the campaign for Measure H (Siskiyou County Groundwater Initiative) due to legal limitations on political activity by nonprofit organizations; therefore, expenses and time for a third staff member working on that campaign were not charged to us.
Overall, our special events were more successful this year, with income remaining steady and expenses reduced. Please note that an additional $3500 received in support of the film festival is categorized under grants rather than special event income. Non-Personnel and facilities expenses were similar to the previous year, while travel/meeting and other expenses were slightly reduced.
Cash on hand (combined balances of PayPal and the Scott Valley Bank checking account) increased from $14,767 on 12/31/2015 to $28,017 on 12/31/2016.
We continue to fiscally sponsor the Community Garden and the “Way of the Mountain” natural history book project. In 2016, we added sponsorship of “Walking Backwards”, a film and book project about the late Karuk Medicine Man Charlie Thom.
The Medicine Lake program was funded by grants from Patagonia and the Rose Foundation. We received the 2017 Patagonia grant just before the end of the year and this plus other remaining Medicine Lake program funds, makes up the majority of our ending fund balance.
Funds also remain which are earmarked for the Groundwater Management project contract.