Brief Report from the Treasurer

Peggy Weiss

As Treasurer for DLD, I am tasked with paying bills, writing reimbursement checks, balancing books, filing taxes, and generally keeping an eye on the financial side of things. DLD has a long tradition of solid fiscal stewardship, even as membership numbers have declined. The Executive Board has spent hours and hours working on ways to meet members’ needs, encourage new members, and make a valuable contribution to the field while holding steady on expenses. We are always interested in hearing your thoughts on these matters.

            As general information for members, the fiscal year for DLD is July 1 to June 30 of each year. Our federal tax forms are posted on TeachingLD.org under About Us. For the last five years, our income has outpaced our expenses, allowing us to build a small cushion in regular cash accounts for developing new outreach programs. As you have read in other reports, our membership numbers continue to decline and that means our income from membership is declining. Fortunately, DLD has a contract with the Learning Disabilities Research and Practice publisher, John Wiley and Sons, which provides a percent of the profit from the journal to us. In addition, Wiley provides monetary support to our journal editor for editorial assistance so that she can build upon its stellar reputation. So keep submitting those quality manuscripts and reading LDRP! The Board continues to pursue other avenues to both generate revenue and make an impact on the field of learning disabilities.

            I welcome any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have. If you would like more information about DLD and its financial position, please do not hesitate to contact me at treas@teachingld.org.