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Michael J. Wos
Scope of Our Involvements Made
Possible with Planning, Resources and
Many Helping Hands
Executive Directors Report November 2018
In Wisconsin we experience about 50 deaths, 5,000 severe burn injuries, and over $225 million in property loss annually. We are working to create a fire safe and burn free Wisconsin through education, safety initiatives, and support for burn survivors, fire fighters and communities throughout our state.
Our 2019 goal for programming is to increase participation, engagement and support by 25%, especially for our 25th Annual Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth held August 11 - 17,
2019 at Camp Timberlee in East Troy. Please help get the word out about the work we do, encourage burn survivors and their families to contact us, and consider supporting us with your time, money or resources. Our programming makes a difference and changes lives because of the love and support of so many great people and organizations. Thank you, we can’t do what we do without your support.
In addition, to providing stellar programming for burn survivors, fire prevention initiatives, fire fighters and communities,
we’ve worked to increase efficiency, create partnerships and strengthen our organization for the greatest impact possible in the lives of the people we serve. Through planning we further defined the work we do, set and achieved goals for what we want to do and implemented measurement tools to evaluate our success and guide us forward.
Like most nonprofits, our challenge is to provide our vital services and programming with limited staff and resources. We made time for organizational development and by planning, defining functional areas of responsibility, developing policies
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and procedures, and implementing internal controls. We are ready for continued success as a thriving nonprofit.
We have had a great experience working with Wipfli and Wegner CPAs for our accounting and independent audit needs, respectively. Our accounting, public tax filings and financial statements reflect how we operate according to our budget. Most notably, we are proud and able to show that over 87% of our annual revenue goes to programming. This is not the only indicator we use to measure success, but it is something we’re cognizant of to guide us forward. We prefer to measure success relative to the impact we have in the lives of the people we serve, fulfilling our mission and vision to create a fire safe and burn free Wisconsin.
Continuing to be keenly aware of our revenues and expenditures is essential to creating a budget and fund development plan to support it. Most revenue comes from individuals through third party events that benefit us or one of our programs. To plan
for volatility, competition from other organizations vying for funding and the constant hurdle of event overhead costs, we have worked on a multichannel fundraising plan to supplement the hard work of so many great people and organizations that support us. Our fund development plan consists of:
- Assisting the generous people and organizations that hold events benefiting us or our programming.
- PFFWCF events. Two events we are organizing and are looking for help with are the 2nd Annual PFFWCF Winter Jamboree at AJ’s on Big Muskego Lake February 23, 2019, and our 4th Annual Fired-Up Fundraiser and Charity Ball at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee May 11, 2019.

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