Category: "Best Practices"

Skating The Edge Between Risk and Reward at Your Nonprofit
March 5, 2019
Skating The Edge Between Risk and Reward at Your Nonprofit

Every nonprofit faces risk, but it doesn’t have to be a liability. Learn to take a holistic view of risk and use the unexpected to your advantage. What if your funding was cut by half overnight? It might sound impossible, but given the precarious financial situation most nonprofits face, it’s a very real risk. You…

It’s an Open Book: How Nonprofits Can Achieve Financial Transparency
August 7, 2018
It’s an Open Book: How Nonprofits Can Achieve Financial Transparency

All charities differ in their missions, but all are alike in one important way—to succeed, they must practice financial transparency and accountability.  In fact, Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, uses these values as key criteria in rating nonprofits. Charity Navigator defines transparency as “an obligation or willingness by a charity…

Reap the Benefits of Your Hard Work: Practical Strategies for Using Impact Data
June 29, 2018
Reap the Benefits of Your Hard Work: Practical Strategies for Using Impact Data

Can you imagine spending months tending to your garden, only to let the vegetables you’ve been growing rot before anyone can enjoy them? Hardly. Yet when it comes to data collection and use, many organizations do just that. They toil away setting up plans to deliver services and track results. They pour sweat and tears…

7 Steps to Nonprofit Risk Management
May 21, 2018
7 Steps to Nonprofit Risk Management

Nonprofits face risk on all sides. In a March 2016 report, Oliver Wyman and SeaChange Capital Partners list some of the difficult conditions under which nonprofits must operate. Among these are: Tackling society’s hardest problems Limited funding Increasing costs for services Recruiting and retention Ever-changing operating environment These experts conclude, “It is no surprise that…

A Nonprofit’s Guide to Government Compliance
May 14, 2018
A Nonprofit’s Guide to Government Compliance

Compliance is a hefty responsibility for nonprofit organizations; indeed, more so than for-profit companies. As the firm Harbor Compliance points out, there’s a good reason for that—nonprofits are exempt from federal corporate taxes and can receive public funding. Both the IRS and states have requirements for nonprofits. The penalties for noncompliance can be severe. A…

Integrating Systems to Reduce Financial Risk for Nonprofits
May 7, 2018
Integrating Systems to Reduce Financial Risk for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations demand a lot from their software. According to a 2015 survey conducted by Software Advice, a company that provides research and online reviews of fundraising software, nonprofits want greater functionality and tools from their investments. Not only that, they want their fundraising/donor management programs and other platforms to work seamlessly together. In fact,…

How To Reduce Financial Risk for Your Nonprofit
April 16, 2018
How To Reduce Financial Risk for Your Nonprofit

Many nonprofits walk a razor-edge financially. Nonprofits address society’s most difficult issues, compete for limited funding and struggle to find and keep qualified staff to run their organization. A new report by Oliver Wyman, SeaChange Capital Partners, and GuideStar, which examines the finances of more than 219,000 U.S. nonprofits, reveals sobering realities: Around 50% have…

Get a View into Your Nonprofit’s Outcomes with Dashboards
February 26, 2018
Get a View into Your Nonprofit’s Outcomes with Dashboards

Dashboards provide a window into your organization’s performance and financial health. With the increased emphasis on outcomes—defined as a change in skill, knowledge, attitude, behavior, condition, or status—nonprofits must demonstrate the progress of those outcomes in a visual, understandable way. An article in Nonprofit Quarterly notes that a dashboard must: Align definitions of success across…

The True Costs of Nonprofit Budgeting with Excel
February 23, 2018
The True Costs of Nonprofit Budgeting with Excel

Excel is the go-to reporting and budgeting tool for countless finance teams, including financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals. In fact, there are more than one billion users worldwide—that’s about one in seven people! Excel is comfortable and familiar, but for growing nonprofits, it can be a real drag on your budgeting processes and productivity….

How Can Nonprofits Measure Success and Impact?
February 22, 2018
How Can Nonprofits Measure Success and Impact?

How do you know if your nonprofit is making an impact—if your mission is a success? The answer to this question affects everything about your organization, from day-to-day operations to the success of your fundraising efforts. The National Council of Nonprofits alludes to five actions: Identify what success looks like to you. Make a plan…

How to Make Sure Your Nonprofit Gets the Most Out of #GivingTuesday
June 8, 2017
How to Make Sure Your Nonprofit Gets the Most Out of #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is November 28, 2017. With summer just beginning, it’s hard to think about something so far away. But as a nonprofit, Giving Tuesday campaigns should be part of your strategy, and—if done right—the kickoff to your year-end push for donations Last year, on this global day of giving, people gave over $168 million…

Get Accessibility Anywhere with Cloud-Based Financial Management
April 27, 2017
Get Accessibility Anywhere with Cloud-Based Financial Management

The trend is clear. More and more nonprofits are switching to cloud-based financial management systems for their accounting services — and for good reason. Cloud-based options offer benefits that include automated billing and revenue management, simplified compliance with regulations, cheaper IT support and increased efficiency for organizations. One of the most alluring assets provided by…

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