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FARSIGHT                                                                  March 2012

In This Issue
Chair's Letter
September Luncheon Recap
October Luncheon Recap
November Luncheon Recap
December Holiday Luncheon Recap
One Global Accounting Standard
January Luncheon Recap
February Luncheon Recap
Ted Browning
Trends in Association Real Estate
Membership Campaign
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 Chair's Letter
Mike Tryon headshot 
Dear FAR Members,

Sir Isaac Newton credited his ability to see things in the future by saying he was able to "stand upon the shoulders of giants." Similarly, in my term as your FAR Chair I have had the clear advantage of the work done before me by previous FAR Chairs...most notable is Wes Tomer whose leadership skills prepared us for the future. I'm also grateful to the other past Chairs, some of whom are still active in FAR; Naomi Balto, Chris Busky, Daniel Cassidy, Maria Christofi Georges, Jean Gooding, Patricia Lyddane, Thomas Nordby, Lou Novick, Paul Parsons, Craig Silverio, and Tom Sneeringer. So, with all due thanks and respect to the "shoulders of these giants," I'd like to use this Newsletter to give you a brief glimpse on our FAR Strategic Plan, Governance, Membership Growth programs, and your own Engagement. (Click here to read more.)

September Luncheon Recap

"What the Current Economic Landscape is Telling the Nonprofit Community"

September 21, 2011

presented by Dr. Kevin Hassett, Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute 

Yasamin Cynthia Sept sponsor

Cynthia Livingston (left), Vice President & Yasamin Al-Askari (right), Senior Vice President

SunTrust Bank,
September Luncheon Sponsor

Dr. Kevin Hassett


Dr. Hassett provided a great start to our FAR program year! His presentation included how to find out why an economic recovery after a financial recession is different than a normal recovery, why history is a good guide in understanding why other countries who have had a financial crisis go through experiences just like the one we're having, and how to understand what very serious risks may be ahead for the non-profit community.

Luncheon sponsor: SunTrust
October Luncheon Recap
"Competencies are King! A Better Way to Improve Staff and Organizational Performance"
October 19, 2011
presented by Chris Busky, CAE, COO, Heart Rhythm Society & Dawn Godaire, PHR, Director, Human Resources, Heart Rhythm Society  
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Chris Busky, CAE, COO and

Dawn Godaire, PHR, Director HR
Heart Rhythm Society

FAR's own Chris Busky and his colleague, Dawn Godaire, provided insight on how to gain an understanding of how competency models can drive individual and organizational performance, how to use competencies to enhance staff development and performance management processes, and how the development of competencies can assist you in recruiting the best talent to your organization.


 (Click here to see presentation.)  

Mel Whitely Oct 2012 Sponsor

Mel Whiteley, CPCU, RPLU, Director,

AH&T Insurance

October Luncheon Sponsor

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November Luncheon Recap
"Investment Roundtable: An Insider's Guide to Investing in Turbulent Times"
November 16, 2011
Moderator: Rob Olcott  
Nov Sponsors and Speaker
Rob Olcott, CIMA, Managing Partner,
Olcott Consulting Group (center)
 with November Luncheon Sponsor,
West, Lane & Schlager.
Mindy Saffer, LEED AP, Principal (left) &
Lucy Wadeson, LEED GA, Senior Associate (right)
Rob Olcott, FAR member, moderated this roundtable program offering luncheon attendees the opportunity to learn how to determine when it's time to review your investment policy statement; how to recognize the impact of asset diversification and allocation on your portfolio, how to identify important criteria for manager selection and assessment; how to evaluate options for controlling risks and costs; and how to apply benchmarking resources to evaluate your portfolio 

 Luncheon sponsor:
December Holiday Luncheon Recap

Holiday Chairs 2011
Mindy Saffer & Christine Cardinal

FAR had another successful and fun holiday luncheon December 7, 2011!

Holiday Co-chairs, Mindy Saffer (West, Lane & Schlager) and Christine Cardinal (Capital One), brought fun to FAR members and guests with games and door prizes. 

A delicious luncheon menu was served before the activities began. From the lights to the poinsettias, a wonderful holiday atmosphere was created. Our luncheon was accompanied by perennial favorites, Winward Passage, a guitar and flute duo.

Dawn Swan
Dawn Swan
The introduction of Dawn Swan, Executive Director of Rachael's Women's Center, pictured right, this year's recipient of charitable giving by luncheon guests and FAR members, signaled the start of the first game. 

A "Name That Tune" style game got everyone looking pensive trying to guess various holiday tunes. Once the song title was revealed, laughter followed with many, "I THOUGHT that was it!" responses. Door prizes delighted non-profit attendees whose names were pulled from the basket. Resource members generously donated restaurant gift cards, sports events tickets, consumables, and even cash!

To wrap up their day, attendees received goody bags with treats provided by FAR Resource Members. All in all, everyone had a great time! 

(Click here to view thank you letter from Rachael's Women's Center.)
One Global Accounting Standard Coming Your Way

By: James M. Larson

Nonprofit leaders and staff with financial-reporting responsibilities should be aware of changes coming to accounting standards. The move toward a more uniform "global language" for financial reporting has been going on for several years and will affect most every type of entity, possibly as soon as the next few years.

The new standards-the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)-are generally aimed at publicly traded companies. However, since changes in public accounting have historically affected private companies and nonprofits as well, tax-exempt entities should stay abreast of the developments. (Click here to read full article.)

January Luncheon Recap
"Behind the Headlines"
January 18, 2012

presented by Louis J. Mezzina, CPA,  KPMG (New York office) 
Jan 2012 Wes, Lou, Jamie
Lou Mezzina, CPA (center) with
January Luncheon Sponsor, Veris Consulting, Inc.
Wes Tomer, CPA (left) & Jamie Saylor, CPA (right)

Lou Mezzina, CPA, started 2012 with an enlightening presentation which included how to articulate the critical financial and management issues facing the nonprofit sector; how to determine the governance and tax priorities that will impact the nonprofit community; how to explain the effects the economy will have on fundraising and revenue generation; and how to recognize how changes in business policies and regulations will change internal operations. 

(Click here to see presentation.)
Luncheon Sponsor: Veris
February Luncheon Recap
"Charitable Giving Trends...And what you should do about them!"
presented by Chuck Longfield, Chief Scientist, Blackbaud


Chuck Longfield (center) with
February Luncheon Sponsor, Tate & Tryon.
Charlie Tate, CPA, MS, Managing Partner (left) & Mike Tryon, CPA, Senior Partner (right)

Chuck Longfield's dynamic presentation on charitable giving trends educated luncheon attendees on 2012 trends in philanthropic giving, building stronger relationships with your constituents, using information from donors to better understand their motivations, and strengthening communication with constituents

(Click here to see presentation.)
Luncheon Sponsor: Tate and Tryon
Ted Browning
Ted JohnsonFAR member Ted Browning, partner with Johnson Lambert & Co. LLP, retired December 31, 2011.

Good luck and enjoy your retirement, Ted!
 Trends in Association Real Estate
by Eric West 

Read the news lately? Everyone is reporting the same dismal picture - the local economy has stalled, the office market is mired in a downturn and if you are a smart business leader, you should wait until the current economic climate has stabilized before embarking on any significant moves.
Now, for the good news: In response to this information nonprofit organizations are actually using the downturn to actively resolve their long-term office space needs today. In fact, the local nonprofit community has taken the lead, paving the way for a dynamic shift in real estate. Here are four trends that are significantly affecting decision makers and their real estate decisions in the nonprofit world:
(Click here to read full article.) 
FAR Membership Campaign
The Finance and Administration Roundtable is growing - but we can always use more members, especially members from the non-profit association sector! To promote additional growth in our non-profit membership community, our membership committee has developed a "Member Get a Member" campaign exclusively aimed at association non-profits. We have a one-page fact sheet you can pass along to your clients or prospects (click here to download). Please click here to download a form you can complete and send to the FAR office (email hq@far-roundtable.org, fax 202 962-3939) if you'd prefer to have them follow-up.

This campaign will run until the end of August, 2012. Non-profit members who join now will essentially get 18 months of dues for $105. Additionally as a sponsor of a new non-profit member, your name will be placed in a drawing where you'll be eligible to receive awards (more on those later, but expect one of the prizes will be a round of golf at the Robert Trent Jones golf course on Lake Manassas, VA) in addition to the recognition you'll receive from your clients and peers. So, pass along the attached documents to your clients and prospects. They'll thank you for introducing them to the premier place for non-profit professionals to learn about trends in finance and administration, as well as advance their own professional development.

Paul Stilp
Membership Chair and Board member
Thank you to our Resource Members!

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