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Free Nonprofit Accounting Advice

A recent survey of nearly 1,000 nonprofit directors revealed that gaps in not-for-profit board performance fundamentally impact the success of the organization. Problems range from lack of true engagement by board members to their failure to fulfill important fiduciary duties. Do these sound familiar?  Don’t worry. We are here to help you resolve these issues and set your board up to be as efficient as ever.

To avoid these shortcomings, consider the following best practices:

Set clear expectations up front. Do your incoming board members have a thorough understanding of what is expected of them? And do they understand what meeting those expectations will involve? Have they met key players and learned about relevant policies and procedures? We recommend developing a comprehensive onboarding process that clearly defines board responsibilities, including the details they need to know to hit the ground running.

  • Watchdog organizations often determine the effectiveness and efficiency of a nonprofit using various ratios and metrics. The four most common metrics are: program expense, administrative expense, fundraising expense, and fundraising efficiency.

  • Internal controls are not a subject that nonprofits can ignore. With an internal control system, you are not just protecting your assets, you are protecting your public image and reputation. Organizations that are tax exempt are often held to a higher code of ethics and, thus, are hurt more when fraud has been committed.

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