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What Should You Do to Prepare for the Audit? 

Before you start an audit process, what questions should your team consider?



Preparing for the Year End Audit

Another article on how to prepare for your year-end audit.  What are the best practices to make sure the audit runs as smoothly as possible?


Phew, We're Done With the Audit, Now What?
After the audit, what questions should your team ask the accountants and internal management? 



How-To_Prepare Prepare Cash Flow Projections

Watch a 12-minute video that provides an introduction and teaches you the basics. 

Prepare Your Own Cash Flow Projections

Download an excel template that allows you to fill out custom information to create your own cash flow projection

Cash Flow Projections Template

This spreadsheet is a great tool to help forecast your cash flow for the next ten years.  It also has an amortization scheduled attached. 



 Nonprofit Financial Statements
FASB Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14 marks the largest change to nonprofit accounting guidelines in over 20 years. Are you prepared? 

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Jump Start your Accounting Department
Are you an ED or board member frustrated with the lack of financial reporting?  What is the base line data you should expect?  Learn how to engage your accounting department.




Changes to Nonprofit Financial Statements 
Have you heard the news about the changes in how nonprofits present their financial statements?



Do you suspect fraud?

Learn more about what to do if you suspect someone is concealing information or creating possible false accounts.



Accounting for Fundraisers
Are you planning a fundraising event, but don't know how to account for donated services or prizes? Are you confused how you should account for the event? 



Maximizing Online Donations 
Are you curious how to improve your online donations? Would you like to learn about free resources to help launch a campaign?  Learn from one of the country's leading experts on fundraising. 




1099 Employees 
Does your organization use 1099 employees?  If so, you should know about changes to filing W2 and 1099 statements.




Perform a Mini-Assessment of Your Financial Department
How do you know if your financial department has the right skill set for the job? 


Why Do So Many Nonprofits Have Problems with Their Accounting?
Many nonprofits have difficulty producing on time and accurate reporting.  Learn more as to why this is a systemic issue.


Is Accounting an Integral Part of Your Organization?
How can you improve your accounting operations to better support the overall mission of the organization?  This article is accompanied by a podcast.




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