When was the last time you heard a board member say this?
“One of the most exciting things for me to do is to analyze financial reports.”
Probably not very often, unless that board member is a bookkeeper or CPA. I’m not saying that everyone needs to LOVE pouring over the fine details of the organization’s finances, but I do believe if you know what to look for and how to read them, you will see how your finances tell an important story and will make you a more effective board member.
I cook A LOT. Cooking as much as I do means that grease eventually accumulates on every surface of my kitchen. That being said, I’m pretty good about keeping my house clean. I wipe down surfaces frequently and enlist my children to do their fair share of keeping up with daily housekeeping.
But then this morning I looked at the vents on my over-the-range microwave. I wish I had taken a before picture to show you how gross they were, but it didn’t hit me until after I finished cleaning them. So here is something to give you the idea of what they looked like.
Photo courtesy of www.serenabakesimplyfromscratch.com
Once you are done reading this post, you can head on over to Serena’s blog and learn how to clean yours as well! http://bit.ly/cleanyourvents101
The reason I didn’t take a picture was because I didn’t realize what I was doing at the time. You may be thinking, of course you knew what you were doing, you were cleaning.
But I wasn’t cleaning and this is why you should be totally judging me.
As a financial professional, the first day of every month is pretty crazy. This is because the last month’s bank statement is most likely available for me to start working on my month end closing activities. My day is spent completing bank reconciliations, auditing transactions and drafting financial statements.
Now, you might be wondering why I want to talk to you about the 3rd week of the month.