I am new to the organization as an Executive Director, and I'd like to take a look at our annual budget as we build out plans to expand our programming and team. I'd love help developing an operating budget that allows us flexibility and helps us to prepare for unexpected expenses.
In my previous Executive Director roles, I've worked with much smaller budgets, and I would love some guidance on building out a larger budget for a national organization.
SRAP informs and educates the general public about the negative effects of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)--also known as factory farms--while working directly with U.S. communities impacted by this destructive form of industrial animal agriculture. Through public education, issue advocacy, and local community organizing, SRAP empowers rural residents to protect their public health, environmental quality, natural resources and local economies from the damaging impacts of factory farms.
We are a mobilizing force to help communities oppose the construction and expansion of concentrated animal feeding operations, but we are also building out a food and farm network to support, educate and empower rural residents to advocate for a food system that's built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy and resilience. We are looking to build out the ranks of organizers employed by SRAP, building diversity into our project and also looking at how we can transition contract growers and conventional livestock and dairy producers into SRAP organizers and advocates.
Herbert gave me great guidance on budget planning and assessing where our organization stands financially. The entire process of working with him was simple, easy and pleasant, and I appreciated all that he was able to share with me in moving our organization forward.
Working with Sherri on reviewing her organization's operating budget and suggesting changes was an absolute pleasure. She was very responsive in making sure I had all the relevant information. She was open to new ideas and was very proactive in communication.