2019 Treasurer’s Report

The Alliance for the Great Lakes had a great year, thanks to our donors, advocates, and champions. Without their support, we would not have been able to achieve clean water victories at local, state and federal levels. 

Last year the Alliance invested in strengthening our internal finance and operations capacity, hiring a full-time director experienced in managing  complex organizations and funding sources. Our Finance & Operations Director spent the past year making more resources available for our Great Lakes programs by improving operations through new management tools and enhanced reporting to inform our leadership’s and Board’s guidance of the Alliance’s strategy. The result is superior fiscal management and stewardship of donations, as evidenced by us receiving Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—the highest possible rating—for the ninth year in a row. 

We are honored that so many individuals have entrusted us to carry out the critical work of protecting clean water, and we take that commitment seriously every single day. 

I would like to recognize my fellow members of the 2019 Finance Committee for their continued dedication—Sue Conatser, Laura Rubin, and David Schmahl. I would also like to thank Joel Brammeier, president and CEO, and Kelly Farley, our Finance & Operations Director, for their dedication and guidance. We remain committed to effectively managing the Alliance’s finances, and using the organization’s resources to continue leading on Great Lakes protection and restoration for generations to come.

Frank Washelesky
Treasurer

Every Dollar Matters

Our supporters make it possible for the Alliance for the Great Lakes to lead on clean water protection at the local, state, and regional level. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all the donors who supported our work in our 2018 fiscal year (September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019). In our 2019 financial report, we list donors who have contributed $1,000 or more, but every gift is appreciated and makes a difference in protecting the Great Lakes. Please find our donor list along with our complete 2019 financial report linked here.