National Adult Protective Services Association
“They do it with a smile….”
In the 1960s, groups working with an aging population began to recognize the need to provide service delivery systems for the elderly who were in need of protection. Federal legislation in 1974 allowed states to use block grants to protect vulnerable adults as well as children, and subsequent laws enabled the mandatory reporting of elder abuse affecting not only older Americans but also the physically and intellectually disabled and other vulnerable adults.
The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) was formed in 1989, and today is a 501c3 nonprofit with members in all 50 states. NAPSA provides Adult Protective Services (APS) programs a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of mistreatment and financial exploitation. NAPSA strengthens the capacity of APS at the national, state, and local levels and informs APS workers and administrators, professionals in the aging and disabilities networks, students in social services, and others committed to protecting our most vulnerable citizens, through networking, training, research, and news about the latest in practice methods and policy developments.
“Having a controller who understands all the regulations and all the business aspects of a nonprofit is essential when you’re a national organization,” says Executive Director Trudy Gregorie. “It’s impossible for any director or board to keep up with all the changing regulations that are always coming into play. Having an entity like YPTC that only serves nonprofits, and that’s always on top of the most recent regulations and the types of accounting that are needed for nonprofits, is essential for us being able to do our day-to-day work. We’re able to relax knowing that experts are handling our accounting, reporting, and every aspect of our financial operations.
“Your Part-Time Controller is always responsive to our questions. They even anticipate our needs before we even know what they are. That makes the business of our nonprofit so much easier and safer from a legal and regulatory aspect,” she adds.
“National nonprofits face complicating factors. We have a mix of funding sources from federal monies, state contracts and donations. Each of these fit under different regulations and operational factors. We in the nonprofit world know how to write grants and find funding sources, but tracking it is something else. When you have YPTC you don’t have to be a financial expert. They make sure all our funds are being tracked and everything matches up. They keep us on our toes and make sure we’re not falling into any disconnects from what we should be doing according to the regulations.
“When it comes time to do our financial reports at the end of the quarter or the end of a project, it’s easy because they’ve kept us on the path the whole time. And they do it with a smile and a gentle nudge. They make helpful suggestions so we can adapt as necessary,” she says.
“Joining words like ‘passionate’ and ‘accountants’ is not what most people would consider to be a natural pairing, but YPTC’s people are always passionate about ensuring that our financial operations are top-of-the-line. They’re very committed to ensuring that our financial operations are of high quality. I don’t think we’d ever do it without them, because they’ve improved things so much.”