6 Nonprofit Accounting Best Practices to be Thankful For

As the season of gratitude unfolds, it’s a perfect time for nonprofit organizations to reflect on the foundational elements that safeguard their financial integrity and reputation. Let’s express thanks for these 6 essential nonprofit accounting standards. They not only help mitigate fraud risk but also ensure a well-run and well-respected accounting function.  1. Segregation of…

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Understanding the Significance of Nonprofit Audits: Fostering Trust, Transparency, and Sustainability 

In the realm of nonprofit organizations, the term “audit” often invokes mixed feelings. While some perceive it as an arduous and intimidating process, others recognize its importance in ensuring transparency and accountability. In this comprehensive exploration, we will delve deeper into the world of nonprofit audits, unraveling their hidden purpose and value in fostering trust,…

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Key Audit Strategies for Nonprofits: Ensuring a Smooth and Uneventful Audit

For nonprofit organizations, audits are an essential part of maintaining transparency, accountability, and public trust. However, the audit process can be daunting and time-consuming, often leaving nonprofit leaders feeling overwhelmed. To ensure a smooth and uneventful audit, it is crucial to implement effective preparation strategies that streamline the process and mitigate potential issues. Let’s explore…

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3 Keys to Being Prepared for Your Next Nonprofit Audit

For many nonprofits, going through an annual audit is like undergoing a root canal—it’s a painful, stressful, and expensive experience. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way (the audit, that is.) Through advance planning, organization, and knowledge of the audit requirements, nonprofits can embark on their annual audit with ease and…

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Cryptocurrency. Should Your Organization Accept It?

What is cryptocurrency? Simply put, it’s money that’s not in a physical form, otherwise known as digital money. Nonetheless, it shares some of the same characteristics of paper money in that it can be earned, used, and invested.  Why should you care? According to Gemini’s 2021 State of U. S. Crypto Report, 21.2 million adults…

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A New Audit Standard Affects Me??? Really?

Many nonprofits are subject to annual audits. Although they can be challenging, they are often required for one or more reasons. A byproduct of that requirement is that audit standards can and do change and those changes can and do impact your organization. This year is no different. A new “Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS)”…

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The PBC Audit Checklist—and Why You Need One

If you’re getting close to an annual audit, you’ve probably heard the term “PBC”—but what is it and what does it mean?  First, it is important to understand what an audit REALLY is.  So many organizations view an audit as an opportunity to issue financial statements.  It’s not uncommon to even refer to the audited financials as the auditor’s financials when, actually, it is the responsibility…

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The Importance of Nonprofit Internal Controls

Internal controls are a must for nonprofit organizations. It should be a priority to establish proper internal controls from the start to ensure that assets are protected, and risks are mitigated. NPOs often struggle with limited staff and resources, which makes them particularly vulnerable to the risk of fraud or mishandling of funds.  Nonprofit leaders,…

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Nonprofit Accounting Basics: What Are Functional Expenses?

If you have ever wanted to expand your knowledge of nonprofit accounting basics, learning about functional expenses is a great place to start. Nonprofits have unique reporting requirements that set them apart from for-profit businesses. One of these reporting requirements is presenting an analysis of natural expenses by function – most commonly through the Statement…

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