As we look forward to our much-anticipated membership campaign, April to June 2019, we caught up with SVP Partner Tim Watson, a CPA and Tax Partner with ACM, a locally owned, full-service regional public accounting firm.
“In the fall of 2016, I joined SVP Boulder County,” recalls Watson, crediting SVP membership campaign activities for initially capturing his interest. “I’ve attended more membership events since then, and I can’t say enough about the quality of the people I’ve met.
“Instead of letting me stand in a corner by myself, someone reached out to me. The friendliness of everyone involved with SVP Boulder County really stands out, as does the fact that everyone is interesting, educated and capable.”
That said, Watson is hard to impress: previously, he served on five distinct nonprofit, governmental and Rotary boards.
“I was ready to do something different in the community, something other than being on a particular nonprofit board,” Watson continues. “Part of my reasoning to join SVP Boulder County was based on the fact that I have a secondary job in my life: I manage a private foundation that gives away money in Colorado and – beyond serving on the board of a single nonprofit – I wanted to get a broader view of nonprofits to help inform that work.”
Specifically, Watson is the Executive Director of The Edmund T. & Eleanor Quick Foundation, a Denver-based, $4M private foundation that benefits Colorado charities focused on basic human needs, youth programs, early childhood programs, domestic violence programs, limited historic preservation, women-oriented programs and veterans/military programs.
Since joining SVP, Watson has served on our Finance Committee and he currently serves as Treasurer on the Board. He’s also served on our Investee Selection Committee and he’s been busy applying his expertise to the YWCA Boulder County, a Catapult investee. Through our Catapult programming, experienced Partners like Watson volunteer business consulting and work side-by-side with nonprofit leadership to reach strategic goals for greater organizational impact.
“I’m a tax-oriented CPA and I’ve also done tax returns for nonprofits along the way,” he says. “But it wasn’t until my involvement with SVP’s Investee Selection Committee that I had the opportunity to look more broadly at 20 or so local nonprofits – all different types of entities – and then narrow the field to three nonprofits that you get to know much better.
“At the same time, you’re working with about 10 other Partners and you’re going through this really solid process that has a lot of meat to it. You learn which nonprofits are in what stage, and whether they’re ready to benefit from SVP’s programming, services and resources.”
Watson says his SVP experience has helped him be more focused in managing his foundation, too. “It’s pushed me to be more selective about who can I can truly help.”
Adds Watson, “SVP offers such a variety of programs and opportunities, and brings together such a variety of people, each with their own strengths. You can decide how you want to help our community and Boulder County nonprofits – whether it’s coaching, or being involved in training programs, or the administration of SVP. You’re not corralled into a finance role because you have ‘CPA’ after your name – there’s a whole variety of ways you can be involved.”
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