Treasurer's Reports

One of the most common questions that new instructors ask is "Why do I have to pay dues?"  There are two reasons. First, dues are the means by which we differentiate members from non-members. Otherwise we could claim that all instructors are automatically NIA members. The Board of Trustees and Executive Director Team would likely find this unconvincing. Second, the NIA incurs expenses as we work to fulfill our mission. These expenses fall into four broad categories: instructor services (e.g., recruitment (e.g. branch meetings, e-mail marketing, etc.), visibility projects (e.g. stickers, tee shirts, etc.), and professional leadership (stipends for selected board members).

The NIA is a democratic organization.  We believe in transparency and accountability.  If you have feedback about how your dues are being spent, we encourage you to email the Treasurer.

You can find an archive of Treasurer's Reports here

2018 Financial Summary


The NIA’s resources available for the 2018 Budget came entirely from 2017 dues. There was an increase in lifetime memberships, which resulted in a larger influx of dues than in past years. 

  • CY 2017 - $9,795
  • CY 2016 - $5,290
  • CY 2015 - $5,405
  • FY 2014 - $4,577



At the beginning of 2018 stipends were distributed for any board member who elected to report hours from 2017. Thirty percent of the past years income is evenly divided based on hours reported for these board members. In 2018 we distributed $2,939.47 for hours submitted from 2017.

Operating Expenses

The majority of the NIA’s Operating Expenses come from website fees. Our website allows us to collect dues and track membership. Additionally, the NIA communicates with members through occasional email newsletters and via content directly on the website. The second largest category is Membership Incentives. This currently includes hats and belt buckles (though there have been other incentives over the years). The NIA wants to thank our members for their support and help encourage new membership by having our name visible within the many NOLS communities. 

The NIA spent less than the allotted 40% on Operating Expenses in 2018. This small surplus of $220.09 will be used towards 2019 Operating Expenses.

Flamingo Fund

At the start of 2018 a transfer of $980.00, equaling 10% of the 2017 income, was distributed to the Flamingo Fund. A starting balance of $1,418.85 was available for 2018 projects. Two Flamingo Fund projects (listed below) were completed in 2018 for a total of $531.79. The year end balance of the Flamingo Fund is $887.06. This money will stay in the Fund for future projects.

  • Patagonia: Two whitewater kayaks for instructors to use at the branch.
  • Rocky Mountain: Various projects in the Noble kitchen and bathrooms.


A transfer of $1,961 (20% of the 2017 income) was made to the NIA savings account. The year end savings balance is $2,161.95. This buffer allows the NIA to make financial decisions that require more upfront capital, but will save the NIA money in the long run. An example of this is paying our website fees in advance for two years for a discounted rate.

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