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Amp Up Your Reporting and Prepare for Frequent Asks


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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 …