Plumtree is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support for both young children aged birth to 8 years old who have a developmental delay or disability and their families. We have been a community-based organisation for over 30 years.
Melinda has been volunteering as a treasurer and board member since 2008. From the very beginning, she has emphasised the need to have diversified sources of income to minimise potential cash flow risk should the government funding and grants reduce overtime. This was because government funding was the main income source for the organisation at the time when she came onto the board.
Melinda has been involved in implementing a budgeting and forecasting process, monthly financial reporting with financial and operational insights for the board. Over time, the foundation that she has set-up in implementing reporting, procedures, process and system improvements allowed us to further strengthen our financial reporting capabilities and internal control and risk functions as the service delivery model evolved over the years.
Melinda's foresight has been invaluable. Partnering with the board, management, finance and other stakeholders in pro-actively implementing income diversification strategies over the years has helped us to maintain robust cash flow management practices. This has been especially helpful during critical periods such as the organisation transitioning to a new operating model due to the challenges brought about by the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, Melinda's advice supported the organisation to purchase its first asset in 2011 which has doubled in value by 2017. Her research was an accurate reflection of the market as we ended up purchasing the house at the auction near her purchase price guidance.
During the centre redevelopment, Melinda provided an oversight that helped us in achieving the project completed on time and within budget. She assisted in ensuring we put in place robust processes in closely monitoring and managing our cashflow during such a challenging time as the redevelopment caused operational disruptions to the business and subsequently put financial pressures to the organisation.
Melinda has been nominated by Plumtree for the Commonwealth Bank Not-for-Profit Treasurers' Awards under the Not-for-Profit Treasurer of the Year category from 2016 to 2018 as recognition for her outstanding contribution to the organisation.
Melinda's outstanding contribution to Plumtree during her over 10-year tenure has seen us grow significantly in this time and has enabled Plumtree to service much more of the community who needs our services. Without Melinda's advice, guidance and expertise we wouldn't be in the strong position we are today. Plumtree and the community have benefited greatly from Melinda's continued support over the years and we look forward to an even brighter future.
Sylvana Mahmic, CEO Plumtree Children's Services Ltd
2 September 2020