Goddard Riverside Community Center is a $30 million social services provider with roots tracing back to 1853. 166 years later, it provides services from “twinkle to wrinkle,” aiding children, women, men, families, and seniors in 27 programs at 22 sites in Manhattan. Its programs encompass children’s day care, Headstart, summer camps, supportive housing, homeless outreach, senior centers, home-delivered meals, community arts programs, and more.
Over the last several years Goddard Riverside has grown significantly. In response, Goddard Riverside decentralized its financial systems and developed a new staffing strategy that included hiring more finance staff, which had held steady despite the organization’s growth. Despite a widely held sense that things are better than before the changes, issues have emerged. Large numbers of program directors are not using the decentralized system as planned. Fiscal staffing needs strengthening, and one senior position remains unfilled. The team is stretched to get all of its routine financial work done on a timely basis. Financial modeling for the future is hard to fit into the team’s workload given the challenges in satisfying routine responsibilities.
The project will:
– Develop a finance organization strategy and implementation plan designed to solve the foregoing issues
– Support Goddard Riverside in its continued growth and operations.
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