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Effectively Manage Your Nonprofit’s Grants


Grants are essential sources of revenue for most nonprofits. They’re critical for your mission, but carry with them a high burden of monitoring and accountability. Proper allocation, tracking, and reporting are essential to ensure your organization receives ongoing funding.

A lot of you out there are probably trying to manage this via spreadsheets, and maybe you’re able …

Keep Up With Your Nonprofit Programs and Services


I know a lot of you out there run programs and services as a means of fulfilling your mission and generating revenue. Providing these services is your core, right? But, managing billing and collections can get complicated quickly and can impact your organization financially – not to mention, programs and services may be covered by …

Following Clues: Detecting, Preparing, and Protecting Your Nonprofit From Fraud


Do you know how to spot fraud before it occurs? Most nonprofit professionals think it can’t happen at their organization. So, unfortunately, when it does occur, they aren’t prepared and don’t know what to do in the aftermath.

It happens time and time again – from both internal or external sources. Someone notices a misappropriation of …

Drowning in Year-End To-Dos?


I know there’s a lot you need to do at year end, closing the books, planning for next year – not to mention reviewing budgets, preparing for your audit, pulling together your annual report, and that’s just getting started! On top of it all, the holidays mean you have to contend with vacation and holiday …

Don’t Let Accounting Nightmares Keep You Up at Night


We’re getting close to Halloween! Pretty soon all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will make an appearance in their quest for candy. It’s a fun time of year for kids (and adult kids) of all ages. But what about the real horrors you encounter every day? Not the things that go bump in the night, …

Has Your Nonprofit Considered Moving to the Cloud?


Cloud computing seems to be all over the news these days. According to a recent story from Forbes, since 2009, cloud computing spending has been reported to grow 4.5 times the rate of IT spending, and is expected to grow more than six times the amount of IT spending from 2015 through 2020. But what …

Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Financial Software


A lot of nonprofits start out using off-the-shelf commercial software for their accounting needs. It’s fast, affordable, and easy to set up – but as your nonprofit grows and gains multiple funding sources that generic software isn’t able to meet your special tracking and reporting needs.

Many of our current customers moved over from financial …

Are You Prepared for Your Nonprofit’s Growth?


Most nonprofits are looking to expand their funding sources as their organization grows. But the big questions are, “What’s the best way to secure funding,” and, “Are you prepared for the complexities of reporting and compliance?”

In our most recent research study, “Nonprofit Finance Study: Managing Growth,” we dug into organization’s plans for growth –  too …

Managing Growth in Today’s Nonprofits: Research Study


Growth can mean different things to different organizations, and managing growth in a responsible way is essential – regardless of the shape, size, or flavor of that growth. Too little growth can cause an organization to stagnate; too much can overwhelm an organization and cause detrimental effects, such as delays in delivering on the mission. …

Five Questions to Ask About Your Nonprofit’s Accounting Software


As your nonprofit organization adds programs and funding sources, reporting becomes increasingly complex. You may find yourself having to rely on spreadsheets and workarounds, which can quickly become unmanageable and error-prone. As compliance, funding, and complexities grow, these issues can quickly hinder mission productivity and you may be exposed to larger burdens including:

System constraints …