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Pacifica Treasurer's Report
Presented at the iPNB meeting in Washington D.C, December 6 - 8, 2002
December 6-8 iPNB Treasurer's Report of Jabari Zakiya
I have addressed the following items in alphabetical order:
I have negotiated a contract with SystemLink to purchase the ACCPAC Advantage Series accounting software, which runs on a Linux OS based platform for $25.5K. Software setup and training will be an additional $14.4K.
The current budget process is seriously flawed because it fails to recognize and asses the impact of various goals and objectives that the Board, as a whole, has yet to envision, let alone, begin to discuss the impact of.
We are currently being saddled with the consequences of unwise and unanalyzed decisions made by the Board, which we are currently paying dearly for, and will likely continue to pay dearly for. This manifests itself in not only the outlays of direct monetary payments that the Foundation will be faced with, which will drain it, but it also manifests itself in the inability and unwillingness of the Foundation to do significant future planning in the face of immediate financial shortfalls.
The apparent desire and willingness not to engage in deliberate, objective, and well thought-out strategic and tactical planning is, and will be, an albatross around the Foundation. This has, and will continue, to act as a heavy ball and chain on the ankles of the operational capacity of the Foundation to develop and prosper.
Until the people who do, and will, operate this Foundation put the health and welfare of the Foundation first and foremost above personal and individual concerns it will continue to suffer. Until the Foundation is operated as a true National organization, with national goals and objectives, it will only trudge along as a neutered dog, being wagged by its tail.
The present budget processs still reflects the local stations controlling and driving the actions of the national operations at too great an extent. There are some issues confronting the Foundation that can only be addressed from a national perspective, and others that can best be addressed from a national perspective.
Until the people who run the Pacifica Foundation begin to plan for, allocate resources for, and then operate the Foundation as a national entity, with national goals and objectives which are consistent with the Pacifica Mission, the Foundation will only limp along in a continual survival mode, a mere pittance of what it can become.
Whatever Bylaws comes out of this process need to be assessed for the financial impact they will have on the Foundation. If the Bylaws do create a system of yearly, or nearly yearly, LSB elections, I would require that a financial impact statement be generated before ratification, which will assess not only the financial impact of these elections, but also assess the operational impact they will have on the stations, and the impact they will have at achieving, or deterring, the fulfillment of the Pacifica Mission.
Democracy Now Contract
Finance Office Operations
This is the best time to install the ACCPAC accounting system. Everybody has to undergo training anyway, and ACCPAC is a somewhat easier system to use and learn than Great Plains.
I have continually spoken against the need, or desirability, to disrupt the financial management operations of the Foundation, which needed to be fixed and made fully operational first, in order to create a stable operational base for the Foundation to deal with its financial problems. Since the full Board has found it acceptable to cause further disruption of these operations, I would urge that the Executive Director present a fully written, and detailed plan, of the necessary steps, activities, and personnel moves, needed to perform the reorganization of the finance office, with a fully constructed time chart, and full cost projections, and estimated completion of the reorganization. I would urge that the Board require such a detailed plan be created and presented, with a presentation of the current, and future, expenditures, before full acceptance by the Board is granted.
We have resumed receiving CPB funding, and it should proceed normally, now that we are able to provide financial audits and records.
It would be a show of utmost prudence for the Foundation to figure out how to be "as nearly as self-sustaining as possible" without this continual over reliance of radio listener fund drives.
The ACCPAC accounting software, should be installed, and training of future personnel done on that platform.
We still need to have a proactive financial plan to deal with the professional debt claims, to get them off the Foundation's books within a specified time. These debt claims continue to act as a financial anchor that retard our ability to financially sail unfettered into the future.
The consequences of the Bylaws could be horrendous, not only financially, but also operationally. A financial impact statement of Bylaws should be generated.
Finally, at some point the Foundation needs to be totally focused on doing only those things that fulfill its Mission. That will only happen when the people who are associated with Pacifca are focused on fulfilling the Mission. Hopefully, at some point in the not too distant future, this will occur, and the financial resources of the Foundation will then more fully achieve the end goals for which these resources were allegedly obtained.
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