Nonprofits don’t lose as much to fraud, but risk requires action

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE’s) Occupational Fraud 2024: A Report to the Nations, not-for-profits suffer roughly half the median loss per fraud scheme of for-profit businesses and government entities — $76,000 vs. $150,000. That may sound like good news, except for the fact that most nonprofits are on tight budgets and […]

4 Key Measures to Control Your Not-for-profit’s Expenses and Improve Efficiency

four ratios mattered

OK, that would be an exaggeration. But there are four measures that generally matter more than the rest. To control your not-for-profit’s expenses and improve operating efficiency, you need to keep an eye on the numbers. This should come as no surprise. But which measures are important? Which ratios can help you identify how much […]

Mind the GAAP: How to ensure transparency when using non-GAAP metrics

At Financial Executives International’s Corporate Financial Reporting Insights Conference last November, staff from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expressed concerns related to the use of financial metrics that don’t conform to U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Companies continue to have trouble complying with the SEC’s guidelines on non-GAAP reporting, said Lindsay McCord, chief […]

How to minimize billing bottlenecks

Managing accounts receivable can be challenging, especially in an uncertain economy. To keep your company financially fit, it’s a good idea to occasionally revisit your billing and collections processes to ensure they’re as efficient and effective as possible. Consider these helpful tips. Resolve billing issues quickly  The quality of your products or services, and the […]

Why it’s important to get your company’s financials done on time

Have you completed your company’s year-end financial statements yet? Most calendar-year entities issue their year-end financials by March of the following year. Lenders and investors may think the worst if a company’s financial reports aren’t submitted in a timely manner. Here are three assumptions your stakeholders could make when your financial statements are late. 1. […]

Cash vs. accrual accounting: What’s the difference?

Financial statements are critical to monitoring your business’s financial health. In addition to helping management make informed business decisions, year-end and interim financial statements may be required by lenders, investors and franchisors. Here’s an overview of two common accounting methods, along with the pros and cons of each method. 1. Cash basis  Under the cash-basis […]

Liquidity Overload: Why having too much cash may be bad for business

Too much cash may be bad for business

In today’s uncertain marketplace, many businesses are stashing operating cash in their bank accounts, even though they might not have imminent plans to deploy their reserves. However, excessive “rainy day” funds could be an inefficient use of capital. Here’s a systematic approach to help estimate reasonable cash reserves and maximize your company’s return on long-term […]

Arm your nonprofit against financial threats

Whether it’s inflation, trouble finding staffers in a tight labor market, or cybersecurity, nonprofit leaders have a lot to worry about. If making financial forecasts is more difficult than usual, consider taking measures that will fortify your not-for-profit’s position, regardless of the challenges. Keep an eye on cash Your organization may still be struggling following […]

When are sponsorship and advertising payments subject to tax?

Sponsorship and advertising dollars can provide a real boost to your not-for-profit organization’s income. However, if sponsors or advertisers receive a “substantial benefit” or if providing benefits isn’t a related business activity, you may owe unrelated business income tax (UBIT) on the payments. Here’s a quick look at what is and isn’t taxable. UBIT typically […]

Tips for a faster month-end close

Tips for a faster month-end close

Does your company struggle to close its books at the end of each month? The month-end close requires accounting personnel to round up data from across the organization. This process can strain internal resources, potentially leading to delayed financial reporting, errors, and even fraud. Here are some simple ways to streamline your company’s monthly closing […]