Season’s Greetings NADA Family!
We’ve had a very busy year and a lot of things that warrant some attention and some shoutouts. I’ll do the biggest shoutout first — welcome to the new NADA Office. We have been modernizing through automation as much as possible–and although there have been challenges and many hiccups to address along the way, overwhelmingly things have been very positive. As a result of this multi-year process, we are now in a really good place with respect to the business side of our mission.
It has not always been this way. Two years ago our Board developed a Modernization Plan and resolved to address the root causes of our fiscal performance deficiencies.
And here, I want to be especially clear–Although our public face held together well, the fiscal operations and the accounting side was in shambles. Fortunately, we were already implementing several corrective action plans that had been launched more than a year earlier when the IRS contacted the Board to SHUT. US. DOWN.
The IRS was so impressed with our current Board’s initiative, they were persuaded to stop talking about closure and, instead, began working with us as we began to resolve the chronic challenges that pre-existed the current board. They asserted and confirmed that the changes we were instituting were sufficient and in perfect order. Several months ago we received formal notice from the IRS that our business management side is fiscally sound, all liabilities have been resolved and that we have a clean bill of fiduciary health going forward.
Now that we have the requisite fiscal infrastructure, we have a sustainable and reliable platform; a foundation to support our love and core mission of education, training and advocacy. Also, most importantly, we can trust that our NADA office stands by, and will support our members and trainers. We are well positioned to thrive as we look forward to our next 50 years of service.
My chief concern now is for all of you to continue to work hard to fulfill our core mission. Please reach out with any questions that come up — we have a strong team of wide-ranging expertise to address your concerns. Working together, actively supporting and respecting each other is our way forward.
I thank all of you for your ongoing commitment to NADA and to the vulnerable populations we serve.
Khensu Carter, MD
NADA, Board President