From the Association for Computational Linguistics
Chiaki took our messy amateurish bookkeeping system and turned it into a proper professional system. We had grown from a small organization to a large one, but our bookkeeping had not kept up with the changes. Chiaki put us on the right track and helped us to learn the necessary new concepts. Her work is always careful and precise, and she picks up and corrects all our subtle mistakes. Our financial administration is much better because of her work.
…Graeme Hirst, Treasurer
From the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, Inc. & the Deaf Culture Centre
The Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, Inc. (CCSD) was a very small, non-profit grassroots organization in 1973 when it began. When we established the new Deaf Culture Centre in 2006, a project of the CCSD, our organization was really growing and we were not experts at everything – most especially the financial aspect. We came across a brochure that mentioned Young Associates. When we learned that Heather Young had written the book, Finance for the Arts in Canada, we asked her to give a workshop back in 2006 “Everything you Wanted to Know about Financial Management for Non-profits but were Afraid to Ask…” for the Deaf organizations. It was a two-day workshop providing the tools to assess and strengthen our organizations’ bookkeeping systems, financial planning and reporting practices as well as addressing financial management topics and techniques to improve our financial planning and control. It was extremely well received by the Deaf community.
Rose Shikatani is our contracted bookkeeper. We do not need a full time bookkeeper and this is an ideal arrangement. With her calm and lovely demeanor and expertise in bookkeeping, it saves us time and costs and provides peace of mind knowing we are in good hands.
We did not have the proper donor database until Samantha Zimmerman suggested SUMAC, a company who specializes in non-profit software for fundraising, contact management, membership management, campaign/event management and volunteer management. Using SUMAC as CCSD’s administrative and fundraising tool with Samantha as our liaison to train our Revenue Coordinator, it helps decrease costs in bookkeeping in the long run. It also helps us (Anita and Joanne, the Co-Directors) stay on top of our fundraising.
We have seen Young Associates grow during our 5 years working with them. They have helped us in many ways including assisting us when our organization has gone through challenging financial times. Young Associates is an excellent company that really understands non-profit organizations and will support them in many ways. They provide their expertise and we provide ours – creating a win-win situation!
…Joanne Cripps C.Y.W and Anita Small M.Sc., Ed.D., Co-Directors
From Arts Etobicoke
It is such a great support (and relief) to know that the financial management of Arts Etobicoke is in such capable, reliable and knowledgeable hands. Samantha and Heather are delightful to have in our midst – they not only take care of all our bookkeeping and audit needs, provide management and policy guidance – but they are in total sync with our organization, being artists themselves. We love having them as part of our team.
…Louise Garfield, Executive Director
From Toronto’s First Post Office
Toronto’s First Post Office is a National Historic Site and a museum operated by the Town of York Historical Society. To keep the doors open we run a Canada Post dealership out of the old place. The margins are very narrow, however, so while we handle a lot of money for CPC, not that much of it ends up in our bank account. With our small staff contingent we would never be able to handle the bookkeeping without Rose! She comes every Wednesday and we look forward to seeing her as she is now considered one of the family.
…Janet Walters, Director/Curator