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What Does Growth Mean to Nonprofit Financial Professionals?

   11.16.18|

There’s no question, growth is important to most nonprofit organizations, no matter the mission or the size. Although the search for new ways to generate revenue and respond to growth-related challenges continues, your peers have shared their perspectives on how to best adapt and adopt best practices. Here’s a sneak peek at the key findings …

Amp Up Your Reporting and Prepare for Frequent Asks

   11.7.18|

Particularly during a nonprofit’s growth periods, its finance team may be asked to generate reports on the health of the organization at any given moment. And, although most manage and prepare reports quarterly, bi-annually, and annually, the preference is to have the ability to provide reports based on current state. How can you be ready …

Managing Growth in Today’s Nonprofits: 2018 Finance Study

   10.24.18|

Nonprofit growth can impact several areas of the organization, from funding and operational overhead to technology and risk management. It’s a balancing act, for sure. When we experience change around us, we must be able to adapt quickly, but smartly. How are nonprofits preparing for and handling growth, despite the challenges? In our most recent …

Benefits of Visual Data for Nonprofits

   8.30.18|

Most of us have heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Now, our graphical visuals are worth more than a thousand words, they’re priceless – and can make or break a nonprofit organization.

Translating financial performance isn’t always easy, but with the right tools, you can turn complex data into a simplified story. …

How to Know When Your Nonprofit is Ready for the Cloud

   8.17.18|

If you’ve been in a professional setting at any point within the last 20 years, you’ve heard about “the cloud.” You don’t even need to be a member of the IT department to have heard about it. Everywhere we turn these days, whether to an app, a technology partner, or our cell phone provider, we’re …

Three Ways to Deter Nonprofit Fraud

   7.13.18|

When I hear about fraud in a nonprofit organization, I first think about why anyone would steal, rob, or deceive an entity or individual fighting for a good cause. Frankly, it’s something we really don’t want to think about or imagine. But, unfortunately, it’s reality.

Here’s what the Financial Dictionary says about the types of financial fraud:

How to Plan a Successful Fundraising Event

   7.10.18|

Whether you’re new to organizing fundraising events or just seeking innovative ideas to deliver a successful event, fundraisers should always try to follow the preferred experience of their constituents – including donors, sponsors, and volunteers. You’ll want to create a plan, that encompasses pre-, during, and post-event activities and tasks. Read below for questions and answers you should …

Nonprofit Budget Health Check – Pass or Fail?

   6.15.18|

We’re at the half-year review mark of the budget lifecycle – how would you score your organization’s budget performance? Pass or fail? Do you believe best practices are being followed and milestones are being met?

Is there a way to improve the budget process at the six-month checkup point? The answer is yes! The middle of …

Xperience 2018 Must-Dos for Nonprofit Finance Professionals

   4.11.18|

With 140+ educational sessions, 2,000 professional peers, inspirational keynotes, and a venue like the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, we want to ensure your time at our first ever Community Brands conference, Xperience 2018, is well spent! Here are five suggested must-dos for accounting, finance, and operations professionals:
1.     Review Helpful Information

Letter for your …