Thursday, November 21, 2013

Charity finance directors agree to reduce paperwork for funding innovation from 1 year to 11 months, three weeks


US charity finance leaders have announced a major breakthrough on innovation.

Meeting at their annual conference in Las Vegas, the League of American Finance Directors announced that it would be dramatically reducing the paperwork required to fund new, exciting innovative projects at the nation’s charities. Under the new initiative, doing the paperwork on new ideas will now be 11 months, three weeks instead of 1 year.

“We’re often accused of being the party-poopers on new ideas at US charities, and that’s really not true,” said League CEO Parnell Snidely. “This new breakthrough in innovation paperwork will transform the US charity sector. It’s a revolution.”

Until now, the League’s members have saddled all new ideas, good and bad, with the same obligatory crushing weight of paperwork, including budgetary requests, insurance forms, risk management reviews and requests for additional paperclips. Under the new agreement, finance directors will now remove all the paperwork requiring background checks on the pets of the staff involved with a new idea. The move will shave off a significant portion of the 1 year wait time.

“As finance directors, we’re always looking at ways to improve how our charities work. Here’s another example of how we have introduced dramatic change that will liberate a whole new generation of bright ideas at US charities,” said Snidely. “Instead of a year to get a new idea off the ground, it’ll now take 11 months and three weeks.”

The League says the public has nothing to fear from the accelerated process – finance directors will still exercise their due diligence to ensure all new ideas meet the minimum standards of safety, budgetary responsibility and neatly filed forms.

Snidely also warned operations managers and especially marketers at US charities to not misinterpret the agreement as an open season on new things. Just because a new idea is possible doesn’t mean it should be implemented with a thorough, bone-crushing amount of good old fashioned American charity bureaucracy.

“These charity marketers are just like children. They do the first silly thing that enters their head. It’s up to us, the responsible finance directors, to set things straight. The public has nothing to fear,” said Snidely.

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