To borrow a phrase from lifetime member John Abrams: Onward We Go
From the executive director:
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“Last year was a difficult year for NESEA. But I’m not freaked out. In fact, I’m feeling really optimistic.
In many ways, last year represented the “perfect storm.” Almost everything that could have gone wrong financially, did. NESEA’s membership numbers and Sustainable Green Pages listings continued their steady decline since the housing market crash in 2009. BuildingEnergy registration and exhibitor numbers declined. We lost substantial donations from two longtime donors whose funding focus shifted and whose portfolios suffered at the hands of a lackluster economy.
We knew before the year even started that we were going to run a budget deficit in Fiscal Year 2012. We even budgeted for it. We invested heavily in staff, hiring a membership coordinator and communications coordinator. We also invested in our technology infrastructure, launching a new website, supported by a new, more nimble database. We knew it would take time for these investments to pay off. Unfortunately, the deficit we ran was larger than anticipated due to the factors I mentioned above.
There was a lot of bad news. And yet there is cause for optimism – huge optimism.
Please have a read of the Annual Report – and hopefully you’ll see why I’m feeling so optimistic!”
—Jennifer Marrapese, executive director
Executive director’s note: We try always to operate as openly and transparently as possible. If there’s something you think is missing from the governance section of our website, or something you’d like to know about how we operate, please let me know