Meet Lilly Mbinglo a Certified Public Accountant based in Virginia. Here, she answers a series of questions that reveal a little more about who she is and what motivates her.
1. What is The Ark Nonprofit Solutions all about?
The Ark provides nonprofit and for profit businesses with registration services and guidance which supports owners with the realization of their dreams, visions and passions.
2. Tell us about your current role at The Ark
I am the Founder and CEO of The Ark. As a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for over 9 years, I gained a wealth of professional business knowledge before founding The Ark. As a CPA, I worked with large, medium and small sized companies, like GE Oil & Gas and MD Anderson. With the experience gained over the years, and having worked with many public and private businesses, I have mastered a wide range of skills related to strategic business planning, taxes for nonprofits, which help my clients succeed.
3. Why do you do what you do?
I love this question. I do what what I do, because I want to see more and more people thrive, by pursuing their dreams and living a fulfilled life. My life philosophy is that none of us came here to simply exist. We all have incredible talents, skill-sets and uniqueness in our expressions. But in order for the world to partake in such gifts, we need structure. No one can build a house without a strong foundation. That’s why I do what I do. I want to give people the structure they need, so they can successfully do and be all that they were created for.
4. What are some of the challenges faced by your clients and how do you help them?
Our clients have several different issues, but these are the top four recurring ones:
I)They want to start a nonprofit but have no idea what it entails. II)They are an existing nonprofit in need of funding III)They are behind on individual and business taxes, or there was an error with prior year taxes which needs to be fixed IV) The business is losing money because they are disorganized, with no accurate record keeping or ability to track their business performance.
I’ve discovered that every organization, irrespective of size, needs good structure and a strong support system. We help our nonprofit clients by training their Board Members, completing state filings, and filing their first year of taxes for free. We sign a contract committing ourselves to our clients for one full year. Now, with this level of support, it is almost impossible to fail. Our business clients enjoy similar privileges, with a one-year commitment and continuous strategy meetings and tax advising.
5. What are the three things you are most grateful for?
i)I’m grateful to God for trusting me with the dreams and visions He has given to His children , so I can successfully help them start, manage and sustain them through the right structures. ii)I’m grateful for incredible support systems like my teams, other supporting businesses like Iwing marketplace as well as my CPA partners who have taught me so much. iii)Lastly I’m grateful for the incredible clients I have. My clients are the reason I show up everyday. Their commitment to what they do, inspires me to want to do more for them
6. What is your message to aspiring Africans?
Wow!!! The world is in the palm of our hands. We are only limited by our self-defeating beliefs. It’s time to dust off all that self-limiting talk we’ve been doing and realize we can be all that we want to be, and do all that we want to do, if we just believe it. If you are scared, talk to someone who is doing what you want to do. They were also once scared too. However, the biggest and best thing you can ever do, is START.
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