can you write about what your project is a little?
I think forest runs amazingly well and incredibly organized considering it's not for profit volunteer-ness.
I go to ECA and am constantly amazed at the difference in how a supposedly "reputable" college is in far worse shape than Forest which is *insert happy descriptive words here* and full of amazing people.
as for FAT, FAT's alright... everyone needs a little FAT, you know? It's like an energy resource when times are tuff, other times keepin' things warm or just a sweet little extra cushioning. As long as the FAT doesn't outweigh the other stuff then it's alllllll goooood. (please forgive me, i love analogies)
I think maybe if i knew what more about your project i'd be more interested and able to respond clearly in detail.
wet, dirty and dangerous.