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5 Ways Not-For-Profits Can Harness the Power of Their Data
Posted by Scott Moody on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

Data can say a lot about which processes work and which don’t, but with the volume of information a not-for-profit organization is collecting on a daily basis, that message can easily get lost in the shuffle. Robust data analytics programs help to separate the story from all the numbers.

Analytics programs help to do the heavy lifting when it comes to information processing, distilling volumes of data into real time, and actionable insights. When a data analytics program is properly constructed, it can support risk management efforts, budget decisions, and strategic planning. Data analysis helps identify areas of key risk and fraudulent activity. It can be used to evaluate a program’s ability to meet its targets and highlight any inefficiencies. Data analytics can also play a role in donor management, picking up trends in contributions and charitable giving that may not be immediately obvious to a not-for-profit’s board or management team.

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Topics: non-for-profit, Non-profits, nonprofit, data analytics, analytics, Scott Moody

Measuring the Impact of Revenue Recognition on Not-For-Profit Organizations
Posted by Holly Perez on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 10:48 AM

Not-for-profit organizations face a big question going into their next fiscal period: how will the revenue recognition standard affect the not-for-profit sector? The answer is: it depends.

If your organization uses a basis of accounting other than the U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), such as a cash basis of accounting, then the changes to revenue recognition under ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers will not impact your organization. Organizations that follow U.S. GAAP will have some evaluating to do, particularly if your entity receives a high volume of contributions, is a membership organization, or provides goods or services (such as by operating a gift shop). 

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Topics: Not-for-Profits, NFP, Holly Perez, Revenue recognition, ASC Topic 606

4 Steps to Restoring Your Not-For-Profit’s Reputation after Financial Fraud
Posted by John Mulvaney on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 @ 03:29 PM

The risk of significant financial fraud may be lower for not-for-profit organizations than it is for for-profit entities, but its impact can be just as paralyzing.

Not-for-profit organizations represented only 9 percent of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ study of 2,690 fraud cases in its 2018 Report to the Nations. Regardless of the incidence, there’s an obvious financial impact from fraud. Total fraud cases in the 2018 Report to the Nations resulted in estimated losses of $7.1 billion, which the ACFE acknowledged is only a fraction of the true cost of global fraud. The study concluded that the median cost of fraud to not-for-profit organizations was $75,000, but these costs do not include the cost of attorneys, forensic accountants, and other specialists who will be called upon to assist with the investigation.

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Topics: non-for-profit, Non-profits, nonprofit, nonprofit fraud, fraud, John Mulvaney

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