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Not everyone can be a financial expert, but board members should be inquisitive and keep an eye on these three areas to spot red flags:

  1. Dip in Cash Flow – Is this normal? Is this unexpected?
  2. Financial reports with unfavorable variances and deficits
  3. Increasing liabilities – Is this a trend or pattern?  Why are debts ballooning?

According to Kate Barr, the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Fund, “Boards pay too much attention to income statements and budgets, both short-term information, and not enough attention to the long-term perspective of balance sheets. Yellow flags are on the income statement. Red flags are on the balance sheet.” Read more

When we work with our NonProfit clients, one of the biggest struggles they face is properly accounting for cost allocation. 

From staff to board members, we often find a lack of detail and planning when it comes to cost allocation. What you don’t know CAN indeed hurt your organization when it comes to State Agency approval.

Let’s talk about why you need to have a deep understanding of this process.  We never want an organization to lose their state funding, risking everything for lack of accountability.

Cost Allocation: What Does That Mean?

Cost allocation is an accounting method used to determine cost to cost objects. In nonprofit accounting, it is used to determine the percentage of shared items that should be billed to each program. Read more

Donation Matters

WHAT you do after you have your donor’s check in hand matters more now than ever before.

Why?  Donors want to feel a part of your mission and they want transparency.

What happens next?

Someone from your office mails them a generic thank you card saying their donation was appreciated and is tax deductible.  Good enough?  Not even close.

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