Creating Good Accounting Habits Is Important for New and Smaller Nonprofits

Leaders of nonprofits that are just getting started, or are relatively small, are generally focused on getting their organization up and running, raising money, and delivering on their mission. That’s to be expected. Properly tracking the financial activity of the nonprofit, and installing best practices, does not tend to receive the attention it deserves early on. There are accounting rules that…

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How to Review Financial Reports: A Guide for Nonprofit Boards (Part 1 of 3)

One of the most important duties as a member of a nonprofit’s Board of Directors is the stewardship of the organization’s financial resources. Board members play a pivotal role in monitoring the financial health of the organization. In fact, it is the fiduciary responsibility of the Board to do so. One of the ways the Board achieves this is by regularly reviewing several different financial reports. These financial documents…

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Understanding the Role of a Board Treasurer

It is not uncommon to go to the Board meeting of a nonprofit and discover that they don’t have a Board Treasurer. Having someone who oversees the organization’s finances seems like such an important job, so why is it neglected? The Treasurer role of a nonprofit is not an easy role. A quick look at the Treasurer’s duties outlined in any organization’s bylaws…

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Why Is It Difficult for Nonprofits to Find an Experienced Accountant?

What does your current accounting situation look like? Are you having difficulty bringing your bookkeeper or accountant up to speed on your processes or struggling with stringent audit, compliance, GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), or FASB (Financial Accounting Standards Board) requirements? Finding an experienced accountant for your nonprofit can be difficult and selecting the right…

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Why Your Nonprofit Organization Needs a Conflict of Interest Policy and How to Start One Today

Are you one of the few nonprofit organizations without a conflict of interest policy in place? Studies show that over 95% of nonprofit organizations employ a conflict of interest policy–and with good reason. These policies offer nonprofit organizations ethical standards and protection to ensure all actions on behalf of the organization are transparent and free of potential ethical dilemmas. In this article we’ll be covering the benefits of setting up a conflict of interest policy at your organization and how you can start…

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When is the Right Time for Virtual Accounting Assistance?

The responsibilities of nonprofit executive leaders are many but sorting through data to get a clear picture of the organization’s financial health should not be one of them. When preparing for a board meeting have you ever asked yourself, “Do I have all the important and relevant data to help board members feel assured they understand the organization’s financial position?” Do you, as the leader of an organization, truly understand your financial reports and can you clearly explain those to stakeholders in a way…

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