About Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy is currently the product manager for Abila MIP Fund Accounting™. He has a background in nonprofit financial management, with degrees in finance and accounting and more than 10 years of nonprofit accounting experience. Before joining Abila, Dan got his start in nonprofit accounting as the assistant CFO of a large organization, handling financial reporting for publically and privately funded multi-family housing development projects. From there he moved to a construction and management company, working as the financial manager for 16 publically- and privately-funded public housing developments across the Gulf Coast region. Before moving to software development, Dan was the Director of Finance for a local social services organization. Dan volunteers with various local nonprofits and has been a financial consultant for small local nonprofits. Most recently, he’s been teaching the financial management class at Austin Community College as part of the Certificate for Nonprofit Leadership and Management curriculum and is the board treasurer of a local nonprofit in Austin, Texas.

Picking the Right Nonprofit for You


There are so many crazy things going on in the world right now – from natural to manmade disasters – you may be feeling a strong urge to step up and make a positive impact on our seemingly bleak current situation. Maybe Red Cross post-disaster work is calling your name. Or, perhaps mental illness awareness …

Is Your Nonprofit Planning for Growth?


Did you know 80 percent of nonprofit finance professionals expect their organizations will grow either “very much” or “somewhat” in the coming year? And a whopping 98 percent says growth is important to their organization, per the recent Nonprofit Research Study: Managing Growth.

Here’s how respondents say they plan to grow …

The number one strategy is …

What is a Cost Allocation Plan and Why is It Important for Nonprofits?


Cost allocation plans can be a real pain point for nonprofit professionals. So why mess with them?

For some nonprofits, the obvious answer is, “Because you have to.” If you meet the threshold necessary for an annual audit, for example, having a cost allocation plan may be required. It also may be a requirement of your …

What’s The Difference Between a Vendor and a Partner?


Think about some big purchases you’ve made in your lifetime. Have you bought a home? Car? Computer and ancillary equipment, nursery room furnishings, smartphone? Your emotions likely played a key role in your final selection.

In fact, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio contends emotions are a crucial component of decision making.

But what about work purchases? Are your emotions …

Spring Cleaning in Preparation for Your Nonprofit Audit


Martha Stewart, queen of all things domestic, homemade, and orderly, professes, “There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean.”

Well folks, it’s officially spring, and time for that annual clean Martha claims is so satisfying. And, that means you, nonprofit financial professionals. But we’re not talking hauling unwanted items from your bedroom …

2017 Prediction: More Nonprofits Will Cluster


Like many best practices from the for-profit world, clustering is one that would greatly benefit those in the nonprofit sector. Think, North Carolina’s Research Triangle, one of the earliest examples. Created in 1959, the region now boasts 11 world-leading, technology-based clusters, offering a critical mass of companies, leading-edge research from some of the world’s top …

Will Funding Be an Issue for Nonprofits in 2017?


Every year, our Abila experts put together a list of predictions for nonprofit finance and accounting. One of the big trends we’re keeping an eye on this year is funding instability. We believe it has the potential to be a formidable issue for those of you working at nonprofit organizations, and may affect the way …

Technology Efficiency, Funding Instability Top Key Nonprofit Finance Trends in 2017


It can be hard to get back into the swing of things at the beginning of the year, so we’re here to shed some light on key trends we see having the biggest impact on nonprofit finance in 2017.

In the video below, we provide a sneak peek at five trends:

We also provide a deeper look, …

Year-End Survival Guide for Nonprofit Finance Professionals


Anyone like me who’s worked in nonprofit finance knows what the end-of-year crush is like. At the same time, you’re preparing next year’s budget and reconciling the books for this year – all while still keeping pace with the flow of year-end donations.

And, no sooner does the calendar flip over than you have to start …

Wading Through Financial Complexities – 2016 Nonprofit Finance Study Q&A


It’s been a few weeks since the release of the 2016 Nonprofit Finance Study, and the buzz around the findings continues! In fact, it was alive and well during our live webinar last week in which my colleague Jenna Overbeck and I covered the study, its findings, and recommendations on how to overcome nonprofit finance complexities …