Testimonials

What our clients have to say about FMA:

Building a strong relationship with our clients is at the heart of every FMA project. Please read our client testimonials below:

Fund for NJ

“The invaluable and practical information obtained from Hilda Polanco’s training called Foundations Due Diligence for Small and Family Foundations yielded immediate results for my organization. 

The interactive training and peer learning session helped me recognize the areas critical to identifying grantee financial health and provided the tools necessary to immediately improve our due diligence process. Thank you Hilda and FMA!”

– Leigh Gibson, Senior Program Officer, Fund for NJ

The Robin Hood Foundation

“Supporting a sound financial infrastructure for grant recipients has long been a priority for Robin Hood.

CNAP is the first training program to set national standards for accounting knowledge for nonprofit fiscal personnel. The certification is accessible to staff at many levels of an agency.”

-Michael J. Park, Chief Administrative Officer, The Robin Hood Foundation

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

“Hilda’s training on Due Diligence for Small and Family Foundations was superb. 

Not only did she share tools that would make the work of our member grantmakers more effective, but the lessons she shared gave them a point of reference as they delve deeper into their foundation’s budgeting.

I am eager to work with FMA again!”

– Nina Stack, President, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

The After-School Corporation

“FMA has taken our complex funding model and turned it into a user-friendly reference document that our grant recipients can understand and use on an ongoing basis.”

-Chris Whipple, (former) Director of Operations, The After-School Corporation

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana

“We have been fortunate to work with FMA for close to a year. Their expert guidance has helped us through the unprecedented merger of 7 councils and the difficult task of standing up our financial function.

They are a top notch team dedicated to supporting our mission by building a strong operational infrastructure, processes and systems. We value them as a trusted partner.”

– Maria Wynne, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago & Northwest Indiana

NRDC

“After experiencing a period of significant growth, including managing a high volume of financial transactions and an increasingly complex financial operations, it was evident that our staffing structure needed to be re-assessed.

Through their infrastructure review process, FMA recommended and implemented key changes to our fiscal staffing, with the goal to increase operational efficiency, match programmatic growth and meet the needs of the increased size and complexity of NRDC.”

— Sarah Gillman, Chief Financial Officer, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Future Leaders Institute of New York City

 “FMA’s efforts to keep in mind the ‘people’ side of the project, not just the technical aspect, are truly appreciated.

I came into my position with no working knowledge of taxes or the fiscal needs of an organization other than rudimentary bookkeeping, and FMA’s patience and kindness went above and beyond any of our expectations.

With FMA’s help, I am now more knowledgeable and organized and ready to file FLI’s next set of tax returns.”

-Gina Esposito, Director of Development, Future Leaders Institute of New York City

LIFT

“FMA has been a vitally important partner for LIFT, and a key to our ongoing success.

Strategic, smart, and driven by best-practices, the entire FMA team boosts LIFT’s capacity.”

-Melissa Beck, Executive Director, LIFT

AIDS Related Community Services

“In our FUND E-Z training sessions, FMA quickly assessed the capabilities of our small accounting staff and communicated at each of those levels.

FMA enhanced our fiscal knowledge and improved our use of the accounting system as a more efficient management tool.”

-Bill Thompson, Director of Finance, AIDS Related Community Services (ARCS)

Common Ground

“We now have a blueprint specifically designed for our organization that assists senior management in operating more efficiently and in optimizing our limited existing resources.

This enables us to work toward common goals and ensures that our infrastructure can support the expansion of Common Ground.”

– Rosanne Haggerty, Executive Director, Common Ground

Iris House

“It was a pleasure working with FMA.

Their expertise provided us with tools, knowledge and guidance that made us more cohesive, provide greater focus and sharpened our management team’s expertise.”

-Lawrence Carter, Controller, Iris House

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago

“The financial advisory work of FMA, especially the assistance with implementing new financial software, positioned Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago to serve more youth throughout the area, and will deliver on the promise of our recent merger and significant multi-year grant awards.”

– Art Mollenhauer CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Erie Neighborhood House

“Our work with FMA helped us clarify our financial reporting lines of responsibility, empowered our program directors to become fully engaged in our budgeting process, and, as a result, greatly improved our financial reporting systems and strategic decision making capability.”

– Celena Roldan, Executive Director, Erie Neighborhood House

Goddard Riverside Community Center

“This merger couldn’t have happened without FMA.

If this merger had not been done, crucial programs would have been lost to the community.”

– Stephan Russo, Executive Director, Goddard Riverside Community Center

IPHCA

“We continue to marvel at how great it has been for us to work with FMA.

Elaine and I have found the experience to be a VERY positive one, and one from which we have significantly benefited.”

– Philip L. Morphew, CEO, Indiana Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA)

Landmark on Main Street

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and me,  THANK YOU for a very productive and extremely informative training session last night.

Your materials were very clear and helpful and you did a fabulous job at engaging the Board (particularly on a subject that often leaves people less than engaged.)”

 – Sharon Maier-Kennelly, Executive Director, Landmark on Main Street

VIP Mujeres

“As a new executive director attempting to change the organizational culture toward fiscal accountability and transparency, FMA training helped tremendously.

Program Directors are now intimately knowledgeable about their budgets and are making data driven decisions as a result of this knowledge.”

Cecilia Gaston, Executive Director, VIP Mujeres

Youth Guidance

“FMA helped transform a grants management function from a black box to a transparent store of resources for our organization.

We were at a critical juncture, and this has helped reposition the agency.”

– Michelle Adler Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Guidance

ACRIA

“FMA continually hears exactly what I need and gives me exactly that….Superb financial advice.”

-Dan Tietz, Executive Director, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

FMA

” In a time of economic belt-tightening and shrinking resources, the cost-effective CNAP program provides nonprofits with a way to maximize the knowledge and skills of their existing financial staff.

– Hilda H. Polanco, Founder and Managing Director

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Andrew Schwalm

Manager, Marketing and Communications
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