Having grown up on a family farm in Ontario, I’ve always been interested in agriculture. So, when the opportunity came to join the Board of Directors of Farm Radio International, I jumped at the chance. More than a decade later, I’m still on the board and have taken on the role of treasurer.
After completing my MBA, I taught agribusiness at the University of Guelph. I then spent 14 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers and finished the final decade of my formal career with IBM Canada. Needless to say, I bring a strong business sense to my volunteer work, and take it very seriously indeed.
Let me tell you about FRI’s donor promise:
We know what we’re doing.
We have divided our board into three pillars of capability to make sure that all the workings of FRI are being managed correctly. We recruit board members who are national and international experts in each area — radio, agriculture, and business management.
We know who we are and what we’re about.
FRI works from a strategic document that clearly outlines our strengths and mission. We stay focused and don’t stray off into areas that don’t meet our core objectives.
We do what we say we’re going to do.
Each year, the board and staff prepare a detailed work plan for the upcoming year. The work plan is followed, reviewed throughout the year, and then our accomplishments are measured and reported.
We bend every nickel.
George Atkins, the founder of Farm Radio International, was an extremely frugal man. Every decision taken by staff or the board is made with one thought in mind, “What would George think?” Over the last ten years, we have assertively managed our administrative costs, which are now well under 15% of our total budget.
We’re an open book.
Our annual general meeting is open to the public. Our financial statements are available anytime, in print and online. We report regularly to external funders who give us matching funds for every dollar you give.
Risk management is a high priority. Our Risk Management Committee, led by me and involving business colleagues on the board, reviews every project at the proposal stage and then on an ongoing basis. We find diverse sources of funding to ensure financial stability.
Nancy Brown Andison, Treasurer