Transparency is Key

With enormous pleasure, Grace Hengesbach, Executive Director of Citrus County Blessings, announces that an accounting review of Blessings was done by the national accounting firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. They did not recommend any material modifications. This is the equivalent of getting an A+ on the first professional review of all Blessings’ financial procedures.

In the world of non-profit organizations there are certain rules everyone must follow to ensure all requirements are appropriately observed. These requirements are enforced by a variety of sources, mainly the governing bodies of the United States and the State of Florida, and they are quite complex. Citrus County Harvest, better known as Citrus County Blessings, flawlessly passed one of these requirements.

During 2017-2018 the organization received significant quantities of donated food from civic clubs, individuals and also from the Community Food Bank in the form of FEMA meals which were re-directed to Florida from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The monetary value of these donations, as determined by the USDA rate of $1.69 per pound, increased the organization’s “income” by a little more than $250,000. For the first time, this increase placed Blessings in an income bracket to receive an independent financial review as required by Florida statute. To remain within the confines of the law and, importantly, to maintain transparency, Blessings hired the national accounting firm of Carr, Riggs &Ingram, LLC. After a complete review of all financial procedures and statements, the accounting firm did not recommend any material modifications be made to the accompanying financial statements for Blessings to be in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

Citrus County Harvest believes in being transparent with the community and our donors. We believe that the conclusion of the accounting firm is the first of many important accomplishments in the financial realm to be added to our books. This success would not have been possible without the continuous guidance of Harvest’s volunteer treasurer, Tabitha Wells of Wells Business Solutions.

This is the equivalent of getting an A+ on the professional review of all Blessings’ financial
procedures.