SR - On-line Ansteorra : Comments and rebuttal... Apology...
Timothy A. McDaniel
tmcd at crl.com
Tue Apr 27 12:32:59 PDT 1999
Preface: I have no idea whatsoever how much money the kingdom has and
what obligations and usual expenses it has. I'm just discussing
Good Sir Kief wrote the following ('cause Evil Sir Kief is out working
on a motorcycle and Chaotic Neutral Sir Kief is posting to the
Ansteorran Pelican list):
> One can never have too much in the way of liquid assets.
I dispute that. I think large pots of tempting money sitting idle is
a bad thing.
1) SCA money sitting unused is money that has come from people:
specifically, it is chunks of site fees from branch events and
donations from groups and people. For site fees, in general I
think it's better to provide cheaper events and let people keep
that money. For donations: let people donate what they like for
whatever reason, of course -- but speaking only for myself, when I
donate I want my donation to be used for Good Things. If it sits
idle, what's the point?
2) It's harder to manage larger amounts of money. Fiduciary
responsibility requires the treasurers to try to maximize return
and safety. For a small pot of money, that's not hard, 'cause
there's not much that can be done with it.
3) A large pot of money is a temptation for lawsuits. I'm told that
lawyers indeed look at the wealth of their target in advising
whether to sue for damages. It's also a temptation to embezzle.
4) In terms of corporate structure, SCA Inc. is a monolith. In law,
the Board of Directors can take all the money from all SCA bank
accounts. (In practice, there'd be howls of rage; I'm talking
law.) If the corporation got into some major financial problem, by
their fiduciary responsibility I *think* they'd be obligated to get
money wherever they could legally. If anyone has better info on
these issues, I'd like to know.
Yes, any organization needs reserves to cover obligations
(subscription liability, for example). Any organization needs a
cushion for sudden expenses; a rule of thumb I've heard suggested is
that an SCA branch should be able to lose everything on their big
annual event (site washout, say) and still be able to front the money
for their next one. Sure, pad the cushion a bit more for good luck --
"chance favors the prepared mind" and all that.
But I believe there should be a limit *somewhere*. (Note again: i
have no idea if kingdom is near that limit or no.)
Daniel de Lincolia
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