East End District
“I wish I had found them sooner!”
As a former Chief Compliance Officer for the City of Houston Housing Department, East End District President Veronica Chapa Gorczynski is particularly attuned to the rigors of transparency, accountability and detail necessary in securing and implementing grants. “I had half a billion dollars in grant experience under my belt,” she recalls. She met YPTC’s Tanya Pal at a community event and brought her in with Justine Townsend to serve as a part-time, functional CFO. “The ladies are awesome. I wish I had found them sooner!” she exclaims.
“The bottom line is they get the work done quickly, intelligently and empathetically. After the first six months, my staff is incredibly happy with them. It’s not just that we’re pleased with the quality of their work,” she says. “We really appreciate that their skill set is to make sure we do everything right. And YPTC offers a customization of options that they can tailor for you, whether it’s 8 or 40 hours a week.”
Gorczynski refers to her business improvement district as a “tiny town” – of 80,000 residents. With a constituency of that size, accuracy in applying for funding is critical, as even the smallest mistake can cause a proposal to be rejected or, even worse, require the grantee to repay funds. “We have to be careful and watch every dollar and we couldn’t do it without Your Part-Time Controller,” she says. “When we get new grant funds and need expertise, I know I can call YPTC. I’ve already referred them to several friends in the nonprofit sector.”