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.

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 …

AICPA 2014 – Five Takeaways To Help Your Organization Detect Fraud


I recently attended the AICPA Not-For-Profit national conference and was able to speak to nonprofit leaders and auditors about fraud in their organizations. A common refrain I heard was that their organization was too small to have to worry about fraud. Others believe they can trust everyone in their organization, so there is no need …