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Dear Friends & Colleagues:

It's that time again when the FAR board will be meeting for our annual Board of Directors Strategic Planning Retreat.

At last year's retreat, the FAR board and Gold Resource Member attendees made the bold decision to create the FAR Conference. We saw that come to fruition in May and the board recently decided to make it an annual event. 

As my year leading FAR nears its end, I am honored to have been able to work with some of the best in the non-profit community that serve on the board and various committees. I want to thank the staff at CGG that provided all the support throughout the year; in particular, Christina Hartz and Ruth Nybro. Finally, I want to acknowledge Cris Collie for all the work he has done over the years for FAR. Cris helped transform FAR into the professionally manage organization we are today. We wish him all the best in his retirement.  

Please feel free to let me know if you have any topics you want us to discuss at the strategic planning meeting.  


Tom Harlow, CPA 
FAR Chair 
NewBoardMembers18New & Returning FAR Board of Directors

Please congratulate our new and our returning board members!

Leila Green (Nonprofit Member)*

I am excited to continue to serve the members of FAR as we work to bring timely content to our members and provide resources to our nonprofit executives facing various challenges.

John Roane (Nonprofit Member)*
AIDS United

I'm absolutely delighted to expand my role on the FAR Board of Directors.  FAR has contributed immensely to my professional development and capacity, as a non-profit executive, and I'm looking forward to more rewards from this incredibly valuable organization. 

Mark Hornby (Nonprofit Member)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America*

I look forward to serving on the FAR Board and giving back to an organization that has provided me with the insight and tools to grow professionally over the last five years.

*(Earlier version incorrectly identified employer.)

Carolyn Lanham (Nonprofit Member)

I am looking forward to becoming more involved with FAR and to helping the organization grow and thrive.

Nathan Perrine (Nonprofit Member)
Auto Care Association

I have enjoyed my membership in FAR and appreciate the hard work and vision of those who have built it into what it is today. I look forward to supporting the nonprofit community by serving in this board capacity. 

Suzanne Shomers (Nonprofit Member)


I am very excited to be elected and serve on the FAR Board of Directors. I am looking forward to the opportunity of collaborating with fellow financial and administrative leaders on the development of the FAR programs and serving on the committees.

Jennifer Zydney (Resource Member, Gold Level)

PNC Bank

I am very excited to start another term on the FAR Board! I look forward to another great FAR year of programming, networking and helping to connect nonprofit business leaders to new ideas and resources.

Lucia Hedke (Resource Member, Gold Level)


I am honored and humbled to be elected to the FAR Board of Directors. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the FAR community.

Zeynep Orhan (Resource Member, Gold Level)

Hertzbach & Company

Attending the FAR luncheons as a gold member in the past 3 years has been very rewarding from many aspects. Specifically, after participating in the strategic planning retreat last year and witnessing the huge success of the first FAR conference in May, I was inspired to join the board to collaboratively serve this wonderful organization that thrives in bringing value to not-for-profit business leaders.

*re-elected to a 2nd term
FARPastBoardFAR Board of Directors Rolling Off

Thank you for your service!

Matt Agresti (Resource Member)
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

I truly appreciated the time I spent on the board the past 4 years and the significant changes we made as a team during this time that have allowed for significant improvement and continued success for FAR for years to come. The colleagues I worked with were outstanding and helped forge friendships and relationships that will last forever.

Bill Grubb, CPA (Nonprofit Member)

I found working with the FAR board to be very rewarding. I met great people and we worked toward helping the organization assist our peers.  

Jack Deeds, CPA (Nonprofit Member)

A big thank you to the entire FAR community for allowing me to serve on your Board for the past four years! You are awesome and I have had the sincere privilege of serving with a committed group of sponsors and not for profit members who have worked tirelessly to make the world a better place. 

Mindy Saffer, LEED AP (Resource Member)

Being on the FAR Board and having the chance to be the Board Chair last year was an unbelievable opportunity. I have made so many friends and feel privileged to be part of a wonderful community of nonprofit business leaders!

Joe Stangl, CPA (Nonprofit Member)
Air Force Association

Thank you, FAR members, Board, and staff for a rewarding four years. I appreciate the opportunity that you gave me to serve the nonprofit business leaders' network. I hope that I have helped FAR to continue to be successful. By being involved, I have been rewarded with the knowledge that you all have been so willing to share with me and I have also gained leadership experience. However, I will continue to value the friendships most of all.

Eric West (Resource Member)
West, Lane & Schlager Realty Advisors

Looking back over the past four years, it's remarkable the amount of change that's occurred.  I'm so proud to have been a part of the team that improved the quality of speakers, the rebranding initiative and the new leadership conference. 

PartingThoughts18Parting Thoughts 

Two members of the FAR family retire.

Cris Collie - FAR Executive Director (2011-2018)

As we experience life, we also see different seasons appear - not winter, spring, summer, and fall - but school, early career, parenthood, more focused career, and then retirement, or in my case, re-careering. When I originally retired in 2008 from a 36 year career as a CEO of a trade/professional association, I re-careered in 2009 to start an association management company (CGG) with my son-in-law, Brian Gorg, and daughter, Megan Gorg. In the third year of our firm's existence, we were delighted to have the opportunity to work with FAR. Since then our partnership has grown and both organizations have prospered. 

Now, I have had a new change in the seasons of my life and have moved into a "paternalism" role as head of the Collie clan as my Dad passed away in early January, 5 days after celebrating his 100th birthday. During the same month, I celebrated my own 73rd birthday.

With this new season in my life beginning, this spring I notified FAR that I believed the organization will be better served in the future with someone whose age and experience is more aligned with the demographics of its membership. In addition to continuing to tap into Christina Hartz' skills and talents, especially as it relates to her stellar customer service relationship with FAR Members, I believe the CEO of CGG, Brian Gorg, is the ideal successor to me. His skills in finance, technology, membership growth, and leadership align with FAR's needs at this time. Periodically you will likely see me at FAR meetings as I will continue to serve as Chairman of CGG.  

Believing that the best music decade was the 1960's, I recall a 1965 record by the Byrds; "Turn, Turn, Turn, there is a season, a time for every purpose..." (adopted from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible) that pretty much sums up my own season in life.

Ruth Nybro, FAR Educational Coordinator (2013-2018)

The icing on the cake - that's what working with FAR members and staff has been for me for the past 4 ½ years.  The invitation to join FAR as Education Coordinator after retiring from NACo as its Training and Education Director matched my interests and availability, but gave me much more in return.  The FAR culture of generosity and engagement, evidenced at every level from board and committee meetings, to luncheon programs and, ultimately, to FAR's first full-day conference event made this the ultimate collaborative experience for me.  I'm delighted to have been a part of it and can only expect to hear more good news as you move into the next program year.
Make Sure You Know the Right Moves! Nonprofit Grant And Contribution Accounting.

Contributed by Tate & Tryon

Ever been out on the dance floor, and as the music starts to play... you pause - Swing or Latin? Salsa or Rumba? 

And then you realize you're not sure how to tell which dance you should be doing! Clearly, an understanding of how to classify the music would be helpful to moving along the decision tree and around the dance floor. 

Well... as a nonprofit finance executive, you may or may not find yourself on the dance floor making decisions about music and how to move, but you are definitely making decisions about revenue and how to record it. And as with anything, having clarity on what you're dealing with and how to deal with it are key.

NEW RELEASE: FASB ASU 2018-08 Lays things Out
When FASB released ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (topic 606) in 2014, it definitely caused the nonprofit community to pause - raising questions about whether grant revenue should be subject to this new standard as an exchange transaction. (Read more...)
Sept18LuncheonSeptember Luncheon

"Leading Successful Change" 

presented by Cassie Solomon

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
11:15 am - 1:30 pm
City Club of Washington
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009 (map)
To learn more about this event, click here.  Registration will open in August.
MembershipRenewalsMembership Renewals

Soon it will be time to renew your FAR Membership! 

Watch the FAR website for updates.

For more information on FAR membership, click here

Questions? Contact hq@far-roundtable.org.
FARCommitteesFAR Committees

Committees will begin forming in September.  Please take a moment and review opportunities you have, as a FAR member, to engage with your fellow members.  Most committees require a minimal amount of time on a monthly basis, so find the one that meets your needs and availability.

Breakfast Committee
Holiday Luncheon
Marketing & Communications
Nominating & Leadership Development
Program (Luncheons)

Click here for more information on each committee. 
MembersCareerInfoMembers in the News
Our members are busy! Check out the latest news about member career recognition, helping in the community, and much more! (Click here)

Career Center

Have a career opportunity you'd like to post to the FAR Career Center? Send it to hq@far-roundtable.org! (Please send as a Word document.) 



Tate and Tryon

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West Lane & Schlager
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