A Special Note from Blue Fox CEO, Chantal Sheehan on Earth Day 2022
That one rock caused a multi-dimensional change to its environment.
This Earth Day, imagine what we could achieve if every human on earth completed one act of goodness today. We would influence real positive change on our planet.
So, we challenge you to take action in whichever way feels best!
Pick up a stone, drop it into the water, and watch the ripples of care spread outward, upward, sideways, diagonal, and deep into humanity.
As you may know, conservation organizations hold a special place in our hearts. We highly recommend our clients if you’re looking for an organization to support this Earth Day.
The ripple effect is strong with our clients. They leverage every financial gift to make our earth a better place to live for all beings. How do we know? We’ve seen their financials, of course. And we like to think that our accounting services contribute to their enormous ripple effect of social good.
Our team often says that we’re just humans serving humans. Today, let’s kick it up a notch and make it humans serving humanity.
Happy Earth Day 2022!
Here’s to you and the greater good!
Blue Fox CEO Joins the Melbourne Regional Chamber Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as Founding Member and Investor
"DEI work is about recognizing that our unique individual circumstances factor into our ability to succeed." - Chantal Sheehan
Melbourne, FL (April 13, 2022) – In late 2020, the Melbourne Regional Chamber began planning the launch of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and invited Blue Fox CEO Chantal Sheehan to serve as a founding member (and subsequently as an investor).
Chamber Vice President of Business Development Mel Thomas said, “Chantal’s leadership style, professionalism, and operation of her organization made her an instant candidate to serve on the MRC’s DEI Committee. We are so honored that she not only accepted the invitation to serve but has been a force for driving those conversations and programs both internally and externally, as well as a financial supporter of our Professional Equity Sponsorship program for underserved business partners.”
“Whether or not we realize (or accept) it, the concepts of equity and inclusion are relevant to everyone. DEI work is about recognizing that our unique individual circumstances factor into our ability to succeed. Equal opportunity or outcomes cannot be attained without addressing any limiting factors within those circumstances. Over 15 years ago, I first learned about the DEI framework in my master’s program at SIT Graduate Institute. It was personally and professionally transformational to unpack my own social identity and study the concepts of privilege. It is also crazy hard work. But advancing equity and inclusion in ourselves and our community requires hard work and courage at the individual level. I'm honored to serve on this task force and have been since the very beginning. What started as a small group of committed, hopeful, and passionate individuals have evolved into a community movement spearheaded by some of the most influential folx on the Space Coast. (And if you think #folx is a typo, look it up!),” said Sheehan.
The Melbourne Regional Chamber recently launched a web page dedicated to its DEI initiative, including a special message from DEI Committee Chairperson Jamara Wilson, owner of Progressive Cleaning. Wilson writes, “The task force will work to educate and implement best practices on the Space Coast to enable businesses, residents, and visitors to feel respected, honored, acknowledged, and understood. We are a community of business leaders, business owners, and professionals with diverse backgrounds who will lead by example to create awareness and an environment that empowers positive change.”
The DEI Committee webpage also highlights investors and current committee members. For more information, visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com/dei-task-force.
For more information about Blue Fox and Chantal Sheehan, visit www.yourbluefox.com.
ABOUT BLUE FOX: Blue Fox provides customized financial and back-office services for social impact organizations (nonprofits and social enterprises). The company’s services include bookkeeping, payroll, tax preparation, financial consulting, and comprehensive virtual CFO services. Blue Fox’s mission is to disrupt the traditional accounting model through technology, innovation, and a radically client-focused approach that truly empowers nonprofits and social enterprises. For more information, call (321) 233-3311, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit www.yourbluefox.com.
ABOUT MELBOURNE REGIONAL CHAMBER: For nearly 100 years, the Melbourne Regional Chamber has been the area’s driving force in creating an environment in which business thrives. The Chamber has grown from a small-town chamber into a regional powerhouse dedicated to developing and promoting the business interests of our partners. The Melbourne Regional Chamber is a representative, advocate, educator, and facilitator of connection dedicated to a thriving community. For more information, call (321)724-5400, or visit www.melbourneregionalchamber.com
Humans Serving Humans with Financial Peace of Mind
Even I can be surprised sometimes.
Recently, I listened in on a new client onboarding call.
I don't typically attend these calls. I'm the marketing person behind the scenes at Blue Fox (you know, the one showing up in your inbox with beautifully written newsletters).
But our CEO suggested that I listen to this one. She said I might be surprised by the conversation and to keep in mind that many of our clients come to us in the same state of mind.
Financial shop talk is what I thought I would hear.
Boy, was I wrong!
This is what surprised me:
"What are you looking to gain from our partnership?" we asked.
"I'm looking to gain stability," said our new client. "I've been working really hard to teach myself the finance side but realized I need to close the gap with your expertise. We could never trust our numbers. Numbers are facts, and we should be able to trust them to make decisions!"
These are some of the words our client shared with us. But it was the unspoken emotion behind their words that struck me.
They were frustrated, unsettled, timidly raising their hands. They knew it was time to ask for help. And now that help was there; all the emotions were coming to the surface.
It was almost like they had financial management PTSD.
What in the world happened to cause this level of stress?
It wasn't any ONE thing that was catastrophic. The simple answer is that our client is recovering from a not-so-good bookkeeper who made lots of mistakes and has since left the organization. And now, those mistakes are rearing their ugly head, causing a whole shitstorm of re-work, cash flow challenges, and tax compliance issues.
(That's why we always say you want a bad-ass bookkeeper, not a bad one!)
As the call went on, I could sense our client feeling more and more relieved in the spirit of our partnership.
Can you blame them?! They just gained a financial thought partner and another set of hands to oversee accounting data entry, management, and reporting.
Isn't it clear? What Blue Fox really delivers is peace of mind!
(And more time, consistency, financial access, process improvement, etc., etc., etc.)
And then the shop talk started, just as I suspected. The conversation was now all financials, processes, transfer of responsibility, data architecture, and high-level recommendations.
Here's a snapshot of EVERYTHING discussed (and then prioritized):
My marketing mind was swimming at this point :) That's when I stopped paying attention (a symptom of being a creative person) and just started writing.
Nonprofit leaders need to know that they are not alone in feeling overwhelmed by financial management.
It's common for organizational leaders to have a background in service delivery/programs, marketing, or fundraising, not financial management and strategy. AND THAT'S OKAY!
That's why companies Blue Fox exist!
We set our clients up with the most efficient and tech-savvy financial processes to save them time and frustration. Then we provide access, information, and analysis to give clients the power to make strategic, data-driven decisions.
The onboarding call was almost over, so I zoned back in and heard our client say, “You have no idea the amount of confidence you're giving me! "It makes me sad for the stress we've experienced, but we're so happy we found Blue Fox to help us!"
Peace of Mind.
We’re not your average accounting firm, are we?
Far from it!
Our CEO always says, “We’re just humans serving humans.”
An outsider might think that we’re just a bunch of bean counters performing accounting, payroll, and tax work for our clients. But we know it’s more than that.
When a nonprofit organization improves its financial stability, its leadership can take better care of staff members and deepen its ability to provide mission-driven services. Humans serving humans.
And that, my friends, is the ripple effect of care, kindness, and humanity.
Written By: Chelsea Clementi, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Blue Fox
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