Accounting for Fundraising Expenses

It goes without saying that, for many nonprofits, fundraising is a crucial element towards achieving its goals. Not only does fundraising generate revenue to support mission-critical programs, it can also provide a valuable opportunity to raise awareness for your cause. Guaranteeing your organization’s success beyond the next quarter requires careful planning and prioritizing, as well…

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5 Best Practices for Nonprofit Budgeting

One of the biggest challenges for nonprofit organizations is sustainability. Staying afloat during uncertain times can be especially tough without a proper financial plan in place. A carefully planned budget can help NPO’s maintain and improve their operations and even refocus their goals and objectives when challenges arise. Think of a budget as a roadmap that will guide your decisions on how…

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5 Key Tips to Successful Nonprofit Financial Management

By adopting nonprofit financial management best practices, organizations can optimize their present and protect their futures. Following a few key steps can make a big difference in the performance of a nonprofit, giving it the stability and flexibility needed to deliver on its goals and achieve its missions. Following financial management best practices also protects nonprofits from making costly mistakes or taking actions that compromise the organization’s integrity. While it is impossible to…

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Is Cash or Accrual Accounting Better for Your Nonprofit?

One of the fundamental decisions a nonprofit organization needs to make is whether to use the cash or accrual accounting method. The method you select will determine how you classify, record, and report on your income and expenses. What is the cash method of accounting? Under the cash method of accounting (cash-basis accounting), revenue is…

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3 Keys to Being Prepared for Your Next Nonprofit Audit

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…

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What’s So Different About Nonprofit Accounting?

What’s So Different About Nonprofit Accounting? If you’ve never worked in the nonprofit environment, you might assume that the accounting is fairly simple and straightforward. In actuality, proper accounting for a nonprofit is much more complex than accounting for a for-profit business. Why?   For starters, most nonprofits operate on an accrual, not cash, basis. This…

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