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.

How to Survive the Choppy Waters of Year-End


I still have memories of my days as a nonprofit CFO, feeling like I was drowning in the details every Q4; the details of budget prep and approval, year-end reporting, and pre-audit planning – all while managing the flood of donations coming in during giving season.

It seemed like everyone else was reveling in the holidays, …

Nonprofit Budgeting: It’s a Different Animal


There’s a fundamental difference between budgeting at a for-profit organization and budgeting at a nonprofit.

For-profit budgets are driven by profitability – a business’s definition of success is hitting (or beating) revenue targets.

In the nonprofit world, accountants must first project expenses. How much money will it take to provide these mission services or conduct these mission …

Nonprofit Board Composition: Who, What, and When


“Populating the board with people with the right fit” is a top challenge for nonprofits, according to more than half of the leaders who responded to The Nonprofit Pulse: A Leadership Study from accounting firm Marks Paneth.

So, what is “the right fit?”

That depends on the needs of your organization. And, as nonprofit leaders know all …

Following the Ford Foundation’s Lead: Investing in Long-Term Financial Stability


As someone who has spent a large portion of his career in back offices of nonprofits, I have been called many names ranging from “accountant” to “finance director.” I have even been called an “Excel geek.” I’ve worn all of these labels with pride, but there was always one name that carried a stigma. I …

We’re All in This Together: Developing successful relationships with your board


Managing a positive relationship with your board is critical to the success of an organization. But where do you start?

If you are sitting on the finance team, you might be asking yourself a few questions: What do board members really want to hear from finance and accounting? How should you report on financials?

The most successful …

Take a Grant Professional to Lunch Today!


Today is Grant Professionals Appreciation Day – the grand finale of International Grant Professionals Week, established by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA).

The day celebrates the more than 1.5 million professionals around the world who seek, implement, and award approximately $700 billion in grant funding each year.

If that doesn’t deserve a lunch out, I don’t know …

The Time is NOW to Prepare for Affordable Care Act Reporting


Our Abila experts have researched and crafted Key Nonprofit Accounting Predictions for 2015to help you gain a clear understanding of the challenges facing your sector in the coming year, and how you can turn them into real advantages for your organization.

 Below is a deep dive into Nonprofit Accounting Prediction #5 –Patient Protection and Affordable …

‘Tis the Season for Audit Nightmares


It’s everyone’s favorite time of year!

No. Not Christmas. Not Hanukkah. Not New Years.

It’s audit time! And for some, ‘tis the season for AUDIT NIGHTMARES like these …

1) Disjointed Reporting and Data – Does this sound familiar? Someone you know (not you, of course) has cobbled together information from a variety of disparate sources and systems, …

How Can You Prevent Nonprofit Fraud?


It seems like a far-fetched theory – who would want to steal from nonprofit organizations, which are tasked to help individuals and groups involved in a host of worthy causes? However, fraud does happen at charities, and more often than you would expect, and nonprofit executives and board members need to know what to …

Five Ways Nonprofits Use Technology to Fight Fraud


Keeping an organization’s financial information secure and reliable is a primary concern for most nonprofit CFOs, finance directors, and financial managers. It isn’t uncommon to see these passionate individuals put a rigorous set of policies in place to provide strong internal control and oversight of financial functions. Operating under the “trust but verify” philosophy, internal …