Chairman’s Executive & Financial Report
January 1 – December 31, 2015
- 2015 Activities
- 2015 Financial Report
- 2016 Objectives
- 2015 Statement of Accounts
Late 2015 saw the move of our headquarters to Miami, Florida and a lot of new activity. Our mission remains the same: to bring, as far as our means allow, necessary and urgent living assistance to financially-strapped families with children and to elders in need, in accordance with our mission as stated in our Articles of Incorporation. We remain strongly committed to assisting Native American families in South Dakota as much as possible, which was one of our initial reasons for founding FLMCC. Our reach may nevertheless also extend to other areas whenever assistance to children and elders may be required and as current finances permit.
Our support base continues to be comprised of long-time contributors from the Queens, NY area and from other parts of the country and also includes our supporters in Miami. We salute Smoke Signal Gems (now Healing Smoke Signal Gems) and their customers for their consistent contribution over the past two years, and also the greatly-appreciated participation of new individual donors. We want to take this opportunity to once more express our sincere gratitude to all of these extremely kind people who contribute financially to FLMCC’s activities from the goodness of their hearts.
We also wish to acknowledge and thank the people who donate their time and energy to crafting or supplying needed goods, sharing information, organizing, contacting, coordinating, preparing and shipping, among them our much-appreciated contacts on the reservations who bring urgent needs to our attention and who make sure the items shipped are distributed to the families who need them. Finally, we also want to express our gratitude to those who assisted by personally shipping out goods directly to the addresses on our contacts list or by making direct utilities contributions from their own funds. Without everyone’s combined efforts, it would have been impossible to help as many families as we did over the past year.
- 2015 Activities
As provided for in our Articles of Incorporation, the financial assistance provided by FLMCC in 2015 was for the greater part in the form of emergency payments for propane, electricity and other necessary utilities as well as, on a few occasions, urgent assistance with rent. $4151 was spent on emergency assistance for 29 families for utility bills and other basic living expenses. Our ongoing School Supplies Drive in collaboration with Michael’s Diner in Miami provided full school kits including good quality book bags to over 40 children from less-fortunate families in the North Miami, Florida community (representing a total expenditure of $689; additional school supplies were received as non-cash donations), and our October space heater drive allowed FLMCC to purchase heaters for 16 families, for a total spending of $1060.
Outside of the space heaters and school supplies, other non cash assistance totaled approximately 4500 lbs of goods shipped or otherwise distributed on-site for an equivalent Fair Market Value of $2173. Thirty individual families received direct non-cash assistance and numerous others were helped through the distribution of good used winter clothing and other donated items that were shipped to our contacts in South Dakota, while non-cash donations that were received in Miami were distributed to assist needy persons and families there.
The non-cash items that were distributed in 2015 came almost exclusively from goods donated in 2015; thus our stock awaiting distribution did not vary much from 2014 and in fact increased very slightly. It should also be remembered that some supporters also made personal shipments to South Dakota as well, which do not appear in the FLMCC accounts but which were greatly appreciated.
In 2015 we began an ongoing Blanket Drive intended to provide warm blankets and covers for the homeless. This Drive has not lived up to what we hoped for, having brought in only $50, which has not allowed us to take advantage of the reduced price offered by the seller for these blankets and thus to date we have unfortunately not been able to meet the objectives of this Blanket Drive.
- Financial Report
After a strong result in 2014, FLMCC‘s fourth year was financially much slower. In 2015, FLMCC’s income from donations (cash and in-kind) came to a total of $10,124. This represents a tremendous drop (-53%) with respect to the $21,198 in total contributions in 2014. Moreover, it is considerably less (- 44%) than the $17,813 in 2013 and is well below the $13,229 in contributions in our first year of 2012 (- 24.5%).
$7,389 of the 2015 income was in the form of individual monetary donations through PayPal or otherwise, which represents -28% in comparison to 2014 which saw $10,307 in individual donations. The greater part of these cash donations (80%) were contributed by our regular supporters and the rest resulted from the March 2015 fundraising event held by Michael’s Diner which netted $1,245, and from new supporters who contributed in particular to the specific heater drive in October ($1,450).
The balance of the income was in the form of non-cash donations of gently-used, and in many cases even brand new or hardly worn, winter coats, clothes, shoes, scarves and bonnets, household equipment, baby food and needs, toiletries, non-perishable foodstuffs, school supplies, etc. In 2015 FLMCC received considerably fewer non-cash donations, whose Fair Market Value amounted to $1,490 (-76% in comparison with 2014).
Due to the decline in non-cash donations, the related shipping and postage expenses decreased to $1,582, which sum includes the shipments of the space heaters. Transfer and other financial fees came to $213. Other expenses included $43 for office consumables (printer ink, paper, envelopes).
As of December 31 we had assets of $4,180 comprised of a cash carryover of $172 and a stock of goods awaiting distribution for an FMV of $3,967.
- 2016 Objectives
In 2016, we are continuing the School Supplies Drive in collaboration with Michael’s Diner and naturally our ongoing heating and shipping fund drive. We would also like to remind our supporters who make purchases from AMAZON.com that they can contribute to FLMCC via Amazon Smiles, which offers a percentage of the customer purchase price to the charity of the customer’s choice. Information about Amazon Smiles is available on the Amazon website.
Although much of the assistance provided by FLMCC is indeed in winter, urgent situations arise throughout the year and we would like to be ready to assist whenever needed, as far as possible. We remind our supporters that FLMCC operates only thanks to the individual donations received and that all donations received are used in the furtherance of our mission. FLMCC’s directors receive no compensation whatsoever in order to be able to devote all contributions to assisting the People. We can only help as much as our finances allow. If donations are not forthcoming, then FLMCC is unable to assist; that is the bottom line. Conversely, the more donations we have, the more people we can help with propane and utilities or by shipping necessary goods. In some cases this may allow families to stay together under one roof and in dire winter circumstances or in the extreme heat of mid-summer, being able to procure propane or prevent electricity and A/C from being shut off, may even save lives. Your continuing support and contributions and spreading the word of our goals is invaluable to our cause. Thank you all.
Our focus will continue to be assistance to less fortunate elders and families with children, and we look forward to contributions picking up again in 2016 in order to be ready to help when help is needed.
David A. Seurattan
Chairman’s Executive and Financial Report for 2015 with Statement of Accounts
Executive & Financial Report
January 1 – December 31, 2014
FLMCC had a very interesting third year of activities with respect to our goal to bring, as far as our means would allow, necessary and urgent living assistance to financially-strapped families with children and to elders in need, in accordance with our Articles of Incorporation and our mission. 2014 saw an important expansion of our activities in collaboration with Michael’s Diner Corp in Miami, Florida, in terms of providing assistance to the less fortunate in the local community and in our holiday Turkey and Toy Drives. Our support base of regular contributors from the area of Queens, NY and elsewhere in the country also increased thanks to the clientele of Michael’s Diner and also to the customers of Smoke Signal Gems, as well as the participation of many other new individual donors, volunteers and supporters from all over. We want to take this opportunity to once more express our sincere and profound gratitude to all of these extremely generous people who contribute to FLMCC’s activities from the goodness of their hearts. We also want to thank the people who donated their time for sharing information, organizing, contacting, coordinating, preparing and shipping, as well as our contacts on the reservations, who brought urgent cases to our attention and who made sure the items shipped were distributed to the families who needed them. Finally, we also thank the people who individually assisted by personally shipping out goods directly to the addresses on our contacts list or making direct utilities payments. Without everyone’s team efforts, it would not have been possible to help as many families over the past year.
In 2014, FLMCC’s income from donations came to a total of $21,198, compared to $17,813 in 2013 and $13,229 in 2012. We are pleased to say that the 2014 figure even exceeded somewhat the provisional estimates for our third year. $10,307 of this total was in the form of cash contributions, a considerable increase compared to 2013 and which represented for the first time almost 50% of all contributions. The other half of the income came as before in the form of non-cash donations of gently-used, and in many cases even brand new or hardly worn, winter coats, clothes, shoes, scarves and bonnets, household equipment, baby food and needs, toiletries, non-perishable foodstuffs, school supplies and toys, etc. The Fair Market Value of these non-cash donations amounted to $10,891.
As provided for in our Articles of Incorporation, the financial assistance FLMCC provided in 2014 was for the greater part in the form of urgent propane, electricity and other utility payments, as well as in emergency funds for groceries and transport assistance to medical appointments. 30 families were directly assisted in this manner in 2014. Our seasonal Turkey Drive and Toy Drive held in collaboration with Michael’s Diner provided holiday cheer to a great many families and children in the North Miami community, and 15 vouchers towards the purchase of turkeys were also sent to families and elders on the Lakota reservations in South Dakota and the Navajo reservation in New Mexico.
While non-cash assistance continued to represent an important part of our activities, there was little remaining stock at the end of 2013. The non-cash articles that were distributed in 2014 thus came almost exclusively from the items donated in 2014. There were considerably fewer local pickups by church or other assistance organizations in the greater New York area compared to the previous years. Therefore, over half of the contributions were shipped for distribution to the Rosebud, Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge reservations and the Indian Child Welfare Program in South Dakota, and to the Navajo reservation. A great part of the other non-cash donations was distributed in the form of assistance in Miami and also as part of the holiday drives.
Due to the increase in the volume of items shipped, the related shipping and postage expenses increased proportionally, to $3159. FLMCC now has the advantage of reduced prices per volume offered by UPS, which thus allows us to ship a few more large boxes for the same amount of money. Nevertheless, as such shipments can be expected to continue, the budget for this post must be increased accordingly. Transfer and other financial fees also increased, to $208. Other expenses included $177 for consumables (printer ink, paper, envelopes…) and $541 for thank you gifts. As of December 31 we had a cash balance of $167 and a stock of goods awaiting distribution for a FMV of $3800.
For 2015 we have already launched a School Supplies Drive in collaboration with Michael’s Diner and an ongoing Blanket Drive, and other projects are currently under consideration. New contribution initiatives have also been set up, in collaboration with Tony’s Transmission in Queens, NY (donation of used cars) and through AMAZON Smiles. However, we have also begun to receive increasingly more requests for urgent rent assistance in order to prevent families from being evicted, in addition to our financial assistance with heating propane and electricity which has continued even after the winter months, as we gain more recognition for delivering service. Therefore, we hope that the level of current cash contributions can be maintained as far as possible, and we are continuing to seek new donations as well as the grants or corporate sponsorship that will ease the burden of our operating costs (in particular the shipping costs which now weigh considerably on the budget) so that we can at minimum conserve our present level of activity or take on new requests or projects as the need arises.
Although much of the assistance provided is indeed in winter, urgent situations arise all throughout the year and FLMCC intends to be ready to assist whenever needed, as far as possible. Our focus will continue to be assistance to less fortunate elders and families with children, and we look forward to continued growth in order to be able to set up and / or implement new ideas for manageable projects so that our assistance efforts may at minimum remain stable at the current level, and if possible be further expanded.
Executive & Financial Report
January 1 – December 31, 2013
The second year of operations for FREDDY & LITTLE MASSI CALLING CORP was a very encouraging one in view of our goal to bring, as far as our means would allow, necessary and urgent living assistance to families with children and to elders in need, in the form of heating payments, warm clothing, baby care items, blankets and other necessary help. We want to take this opportunity to thank once again all of the extremely generous people from Queens, NY and the surrounding area, as well as the many supporters from a number of other places, who donated in whatever way they could. In this we also wish to include the people who donated their time for contacting, coordinating, preparing and shipping and, when the goods donations arrived, the contact people on the reservations who made sure the things were distributed to the families who needed them. Without everyone’s team efforts, we would not have been able to do what we were able to do.
Donations totaled $17,813, as compared to $13,229 in 2012; these figures were quite close to what we had expected for the second year. $6444 of this total was in individual (cash) contributions. Though this amount was a little lower than in 2012, that was also to be expected and it is still very encouraging as new individual donors are now coming forward to assist. We are hoping that this growth will be continuing on a stronger basis throughout 2014.
Like 2012, in 2013 a tremendous part of the contributions came from the non-cash donations of gently-used, and in many cases even brand new, winter coats and clothes, household equipment, baby food and needs, toiletries, non-perishable foodstuffs, school supplies and toys, etc. that were brought in for the most part by the people of Queens, NY and the surrounding area as well as provided from a few other places. These non-cash donations were estimated, at Fair Market Value for comparable thrift shop prices, to be at $11,369. A great part of this was redistributed to families in need in the greater NYC area and elsewhere, through pickups made by local churches and other assistance groups, while in the last quarter of the year (Oct.-Dec.) several very large shipments totaling over 2000 lbs of much-needed blankets, small space heaters, non-perishable foodstuffs, winter clothing, baby needs and toys were shipped via FedEx Ground to the Lakota reservations in South Dakota (Rosebud, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge), the Navajo reservation in New Mexico, and the Indian Child Welfare Program in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. There they were distributed by
reliable contact persons in the various locations. At the end of the year there was practically nothing left in stock.
We were also active in other forms of assistance. Except for the cash amounts used for administration fees, shipping and small expenses (see below), almost three-fourths of the cash donations was used to pay for electricity or propane for heating and other urgent living expenses, with payment made directly to the relevant agencies; this covered 14 families. One family was assisted with the purchase of special needs equipment; and the rest was used to assist with the immediate purchase of food and other urgent needs for families with children (5 cases).
Expenses included administrative fees ($850) corresponding to registration fees with NYS and IRS, shipping fees ($750), and the purchase of miscellaneous materials for thank you gifts ($65).
For the future, we already have had a good start to 2014, but it will be necessary to further maintain the level of and encourage new individual contributions and if at all possible, obtain grants or corporate sponsorship to help fund our operating costs (in particular shipping costs which weigh considerably on the budget) and maintain our current activities or take on new projects as the need arises. Though a lot of the assistance we provide is indeed in winter, urgent situations arise all throughout the year and we would like to be ready to assist whenever needed. Our primary activities will continue to be assistance to individuals and families with children, and we hope that as we continue to grow, we will be able to set up and / or implement new ideas for projects that can be carried out as our means allow, so that our assistance efforts may be further expanded.
January 17 – December 31, 2012
The first year of operations for FREDDY & LITTLE MASSI CALLING CORP was very encouraging considering that everything had to be put into place and most of the work was done by a very few individuals, with nearly all of the work on the ground being carried out by the Chairman.
In income, FLMCC had $6812 in individual contributions. Much of the cash contributions were initial start-up expenses and postal fees. This cash income can therefore be expected to be lower in 2013.
The greater part of contributions came from the non-cash donations of clothes, household equipment, baby needs, foodstuffs, school supplies and cultural materials from the people in Queens, NY and the surrounding area. This was estimated at Fair Market Value for comparable thrift shop prices to be at $4500. Some $2500 worth was redistributed to the needy in the greater NYC area, including Hurricane Sandy victims, and occasionally to other parts of the USA and elsewhere.
FLMCC held two raffles of hand drums made by R. Flittie to finance two projects. The first was to bring a blind Sioux boy to NYC so he could undergo a specialist eye examination. The raffle proceeds, along with contributions from other individuals, paid for the travel expenses for the boy and his parents. The eye exam had very encouraging results, so FLMCC will be following up on this case. The second raffle was also of a hand drum and was the “Sikkim Project” project to provide funds to obtain medical supplies and clothing for the boys in an orphanage in India.
Expenses other than needed to start the corporation included postal fees and printing, including posters and flyers. Office expenses – ink, paper, etc – totalled $210.
For the coming years it will be necessary to do more soliciting to encourage individual contributions and obtain grants or corporate sponsorship to help fund our operating costs and maintain our current activities or begin new projects as the need arises. Our primary operations will continue to be assistance to individuals and families with children. In the second half of 2013 we will begin setting up a warehousing system to better inventory and more efficiently distribute the non-cash contributions.
IRS Declaration 2012 : 45-4373459_990EZ_201212