I have stopped writing grants for our organization, and switched to fundraising because our board was so bad, that I could not provide proper responses on a grant application about board financial suppport or involvement with our organization as they should have been.
I recently got named Exec. Dir., so I'm working on building a new and better board, and correcting some of the problems we have had. Our main problem was 3 audits that listed finacial problems, each of which could be explained, and were in fact not the mis-management it looked like, but you can't do that with an audit. It is what they write, and no one wants to here the WHY?
There are differences in the way different auditors see things, even though they are all supposed to use the same standard. We have a Thrift Store, and are being required to have an inventory system in order to have a "good"audit, but the expense of such as system will put us out of business. Other local Thrift Stores (Goodwill & Salvation Army) do not have to have the same thing, and we can't get an answer to why the rules are different for a large non-profit than a small (us).
Beteen a "bad"audit, and a bad board, we have suffered this year. But I will not give up! We are going to effect change!