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Noble Wins 2013 Urbach CPA Community Builders Award for Rendering Accounting Expertise to Non-Profits

By:
Alonza Robertson, NYSSCPA Media Relations Manager
Published Date:
Sep 20, 2013

NEW YORK – (September 20, 2013)  Helping non-profit groups find ways to maximize their service impact on local communities is a passion for Jeremy Noble, a certified public accountant from Latham, N.Y.
 
That passion, and willingness to provide financial insights including cost-savings strategies, strengthening internal controls, and managing and forecasting cash flow while serving on the boards of several groups in New York’s Capital Region, led to Noble being named the 2013 recipient of the Michael H. Urbach CPA Community Builders Award. The award is cosponsored by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON).
 
The award recognizes exemplary achievements of a certified public accountant who serves on the board(s) of directors of charitable organizations.
 
“There are many charitable organizations in the community that want to do good but are structured in a way that impairs their ability to do so efficiently,” said Noble who is a member of the NYSSCPA and is former president of its Northeast Chapter.
 
“I find myself fortunate to have worked with so many other board members who have been dedicated to eliminating these impediments. I am honored to have been selected to receive this year’s Urbach Award,” he said.
 
The award - named after Michael H. Urbach, a former member of the NYSSCPA and the first CPA to serve as commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance - will be formally presented October 10 at the NYCON annual business meeting in New Paltz, N.Y. 
 
Noble, who is the chief financial officer at Tully Rinckey PLLC law firm in Albany, has been a board member for several non-profit groups including the Family & Child Service of Schenectady, Inc., where he served as the president (2011) and treasurer (2006-2010).
 
Bob VanZetta, executive director of Family & Child Service of Schenectady, said in endorsing Mr. Noble’s nomination for this award that he “found Jeremy to be hardworking, thorough, conscientious, generous and supportive and entirely engaged in the matters of the agency.” During Noble’s six  years of service on the Family & Child Service of Schenectady’s Board of Directors, he aided in the organization’s growth by spearheading the efforts to purchase a new headquarters building, reduced the group's ballooning expenses, improved cash flow and bolstered its fundraising strategies.
 
At Not So Common Players, Inc., Noble served as treasurer (2007-present), where he has helped the group obtain grants of at least $50,000 annually for productions, equipment and administrative expenses; and is credited as the driving force to the formation of the entity and obtaining its 501(c) (3) status.
 
At the Schenectady County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, he was the treasurer (2008-present) and captain of the SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division (2008-present). Noble helped incorporate the organization, secured its 501(c) (3) determination letter, created and monitored its budget. He also secured a $20,000 grant in 2008 to arm volunteer SPCA peace officers, acquire equipment and purchase a police vehicle.
 
Noble – who received his bachelor’s in Accounting and master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Albany -  has also served as the president of the Northeast Chapter of the NYSSCPA and held the positions of president-elect, vice president, treasurer and chair of the chapter’s Young CPAs Committee. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

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