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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

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

4 Things Not-For-Profits Can Do in 2018 to Make Adopting the Leasing Standard Easier
Posted by Heather Winiarski on Wed, Oct 31, 2018 @ 02:19 PM

The effective date for the new leasing standard under ASC Topic 842 will be here before you know it. Not-for-profit organizations that issue or are conduit bond holders for securities that are traded, listed, or quoted on an exchange or over-the-counter market begin adoption for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2018 (and interim periods within those fiscal years), and all other organizations must adopt the standard for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019 (Jun. 30, 2021 financial statements).

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, tax-exempt, IRS, nonprofit, Leasing, asc topic 842, GAAP, Lease Standards

The Form 990 Roadmap Continued: Navigate the Alphabet of Supplemental Schedules
Posted by Lisa Burke on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

In the spring, we did a deep dive into the core Form 990 and provided compliance tips for Part I through Part XI. Keeping your supplementary schedules up-to-date is also critical to your compliance. Below are some tips for the Form 990 Schedule A, Schedule R and everything in between. If these schedules are applicable to your organization, the following information can help ensure that you are filing a complete and accurate Form 990 that presents your not-for-profit in the best light and helps avoid IRS scrutiny.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, Lisa Burke, Form 990, tax-exempt, IRS, Form 990 Roadmap, Form 990 Schedules, nonprofit

Does Your Not-For-Profit Have an Effective Audit Committee?
Posted by Allan Klose on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 05:08 PM

Not-for-profit organizations should take a page from the public company playbook when it comes to their governance. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), makes it a requirement for public companies to have an audit committee that follows several key mandates for reporting annual financial statements. Regardless of size, all not-for-profit organizations can benefit from having an audit committee as well, that can help with governance strategies and, ultimately, provide the best chance to ensure the organization’s success.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, Audit Committee, not-for-profit board of directors, SOX

5 Tips for Not-For-Profits in a Tight Labor Market
Posted by Jay Meschke on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 @ 04:25 PM

It’s a tough time for any organization looking to hire right now. The unemployment rate in July was at its lowest level since 1969, and all signs indicate that the trend will continue. Baby boomers will also continue to retire, leaving a massive void in the workforce.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, CFO, not-for-profit talent, Jay Meschke, competing for talent, retain talent, recruiting, not-for-profit recruitment

Should My Not-For-Profit Accept Cryptocurrency?
Posted by Brenda Piazza on Wed, Jul 25, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

By now you have probably heard of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency – the virtual money traded online using encrypted peer-to-peer software. But, until now, you may not have thought about how the technology could benefit your not-for-profit organization.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, nonprofit, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Brenda Piazza, Mark Winiarski, Blockchain

Increased Thresholds for Micro-Purchases and Small Purchases Effective Immediately
Posted by Michelle Sylvia Spriggs on Tue, Jul 10, 2018 @ 06:01 PM

On June 20, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a memo on new thresholds for micro-purchases and small purchases under the Uniform Grant Guidance. The OMB memo dramatically increased these thresholds, which should simplify purchase processes for not-for-profit organizations receiving federal funds.

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Topics: not-for-profit, NFP, Michelle Spriggs, nonprofit, OMB, Federal OMB Grant, Uniform Grant Guidance, micro-purchase

Attention Massachusetts Not-For-Profits: File Form 3ABC by 3/1
Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 @ 09:06 AM

Massachusetts-based eligible charitable organizations are permitted exemptions for certain personal and real property. Organizations should be preparing now to file the Massachusetts "Return of Property Held for Charitable Purposes" (State Tax Form 3ABC).

The mandatory form provides a full or partial tax property tax exemption for an organization’s real or personal property so long as the organization files it no later than March 1, 2018. It is due at the Assessor's Office in each city or town in which your organization owns personal and/or real property on January 1 in order to receive a local tax exemption on that property for the fiscal year that begins the next July 1.

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Topics: Massachusetts, non-for-profit, Form 3ABC, nonprofit

Operating Reserves and the Not-For-Profit Organization’s Budget
Posted by David Brown on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 04:55 PM

Organizations evolve. Operating environments change, and not-for-profit organizations can expect to feel a financial impact from the new tax legislation. Looking at your budget and operating reserves now can help your organization be prepared for what comes next. There are plenty of factors that weigh in on your bottom line, but the need for adequate operating reserves is a significant factor in maintaining financial stability.

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Topics: David Brown, not-for-profit, nonprofit, cash reserves, operating environment, tax legislation

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