The question why is asked by children, as well as, adults, in order to learn more about a topic.
We just spent over 3 months of work to bring a proposed budget to our Board of Directors for approval. The fiscal year began July 1st, but the budget wasn’t approved until August 22nd. WHY? The answer is simple, the budget was built from the ground up by each of our departments, construction, volunteers, family services, Youth Engagement, administration, fundraising, Denver ReStore, Lincolnton ReStore, instead of from the top down. But why? To be good stewards of our resources, to have total buy-in from our entire staff, finance committee, and our board to manage those resources to their fullest. Again, I ask the question WHY? To align our budget with our strategic plan so that we can utilize checkpoints along the way to ensure that we are on track with our strategies, and if not, adapt our strategies to keep us focused on rapid growth. We thought it more important to get it right, than get it approved, just for the sake of having an approved budget.
We sent in our August through November tithe, plus the funds we have received thus far, for “smokeless” stoves. This amount is $10,000, the exact amount we needed for the “smokeless” stove challenge! WE DID IT! We are funding 100 “smokeless” stoves for 100 deserving families in need of a smoke free home environment in Guatemala, before January 1, 2016!