This project was completed on Aug 4, 2020
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Herbert Q.

Operating Budget

Help Socially Responsible Agricultural Project put together a detailed operating budget covering at least one full fiscal year and provide expert advice on managing cash flow.
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Project Details

What We Need
  • A detailed Operating Budget covering at least one full fiscal year
  • Expert advice on how to reconcile actual expenses with budgeted expenses
Additional Details

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.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have an annual operating budget, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a plan for staffing and program changes, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $9,114 , allowing us to put these funds toward building out our team and programming.

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.

Project Plan

Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with materials currently being used for financial planning, such as the current operating budget or chart of accounts, and current financial statements
  • Volunteer Manager also provides any additional materials that will affect budgeting, such as a fundraising plan, earned income plan, or business plan
Milestone 1: Information Gathering & Outline
  • Professional does additional due diligence to address any questions or issues
  • Professional creates a detailed outline for the budget, to be shared with Volunteer Manager for feedback
Milestone 2: Budget Creation
  • Professional creates budget and shares it with the Volunteer Manager for feedback
  • Professional incorporates any feedback into the model for final draft version
Milestone 3: Explanation & Training
  • Professional delivers the budget, alongside a detailed written or verbal explanation of how the budget should be utilized and modified in the future
  • Professional provides advice on how to record and reconcile actual expenses against the budget
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About The Org

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
Our Mission

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.

What We Do

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.
Sherri Dugger
Sherri D.

Executive Director

Operating Budget Project

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.
Herbert Quan
Herbert Q.


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