Volunteer Board Member Spotlight

Matthew Cody, CPA at RitzHolman CPAs in Milwaukee

Name Matthew P. Cody, CPA

Employer RitzHolman CPAs

Title Senior Accountant

Nonprofit Organization My Good Mourning Place

Nonprofit Address

4005 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Milwaukee, WI  53215

Website www.mygoodmourningplace.org

Mission of the Organization My Good Mourning Place is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children and their families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Families are offered support, understanding, empathy and education in a safe environment that is conducive to acceptance, respect, trust and caring throughout the grief process.

How did you become a board member? I was introduced to My Good Mourning Place through a coworker.  After three months of attending meetings, volunteering at fund-raising events and hearing more about the organization’s mission and programs, I was hooked.

How long have you been on the board? I have been on the board for about two years.

How would you encourage others to get on a board? There are several ways to get involved with a board of directors for a nonprofit organization.  Many times an opportunity will present itself while communicating with colleagues and clients.  Don’t be afraid to ask them for more information about the organization, its mission and volunteer opportunities.  Another great way to network with executive directors and board presidents is to attend a charity event that is sponsored by your employer.  Oftentimes these professionals are aware of available positions and they can assist you to locate an organization or board that is a good fit for you. In addition, consider contacting a nonprofit organization that specializes in connecting professionals with volunteer opportunities, such as the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee.

What is your role on the board? I am a member of the finance committee and I run My Good Mourning Place’s bingo fund-raiser.

Why do you volunteer? Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community by utilizing your greatest assets: your professional skills and time.  Every nonprofit organization appreciates the time you take out of your busy schedule to make their organization thrive and succeed.  Personally, volunteering is important to me because I can look back at the times that I have benefited from it.  I am thankful to those who donated their time and skills to the Boy Scout Troop and sports teams that I participated in when I was younger.  Their contributions were always helpful to our cause.

How can business people/the community help your organization? Any donation of time, skill set, networking contacts and monetary donations are always greatly appreciated.

Best Volunteering Memory I recently participated in Milwaukee’s Make-A-Difference Day and at the kick-off program I was impressed by the number of volunteers who rallied together for one day to help older adults prepare for winter by raking leaves, washing windows and other projects.  The enthusiasm in the room was energizing and I enjoyed meeting the homeowners and listening to their stories.

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