Nonprofit Blog

Welcome to the Nonprofit Blog hosted by the professionals at Armanino, CPAs & Consultants. This blog is set up to inform nonprofit organizations of trends, rule changes, best practices and free educational offerings that we have built to support nonprofit organizations. Our professionals bring you their insights from an accounting and organization perspective to help nonprofits reach their goals. We support our clients with advice, direction and best practices.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Navigating Risk in Today’s Dynamic Environment

For the past five years, Armanino has brought you our annual Nonprofit Symposium—a free, half-day event for nonprofit industry leaders that offers education and networking around today’s leading nonprofit finance issues, as well as an opportunity for continuing professional education (CPE) credit. This year marks our sixth anniversary. To celebrate our sixth year, we’ve highlighted …

Monday, April 10, 2017

Another Slow-Motion Car Crash for the Nonprofit Sector?

From the vantage point of a Southern CA accounting firm with a diversified practice including mortgage lenders and real estate developers, there were a number of troubling signs about the economy in the fall of 2007. What wasn’t immediately obvious was the potential impact on the nonprofit sector. But the magnitude of the financial downturn …

Friday, March 10, 2017

When Should You Pursue Pledged Donations From an Estate?

Duke University suffered a heavy blow to goodwill—and to its cash flow for years to come—due to public backlash over the school’s legitimate claim against the estate of a loyal supporter. Last August, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Duke University had made a claim on the estate of Aubrey McClendon for about $9.94 …

Monday, December 19, 2016

How to Manage Your Grant Reporting

A nonprofit may have dozens―or even hundreds―of private grants, with reporting requirements that can run the gamut from simple to wildly complex. Without an efficient process to track and report how it spends restricted dollars, any organization can quickly find itself struggling to meet its obligations to grantors. That’s not a scenario anybody wants. To …

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Bring the Meeting to Order: 7 Steps for Choosing the Right Board Portal

There’s no getting around it: Preparing for a board meeting can be ponderous—and expensive—for a nonprofit. Someone has to print, collate and distribute all those materials in advance of the meeting. Worse, board members aren’t able to receive last-minute updates or revisions to materials until they arrive at the meeting. Then there’s the issue of …

Monday, November 7, 2016

Last Call: Top 6 Reasons to Attend EVOLUTION

EVOLUTION is happening this Thursday, November 10 and it’s not too late to register! This free, one-day event for business leaders offers education and networking around today’s leading business practices, as well as the opportunity to earn continuing education (CE) credits. Here are the top reasons your nonprofit finance team should attend: 1. Experience Growth …

Monday, October 3, 2016

Register Now for Armanino’s EVOLUTION 2016 – Growth Through Innovation

Back for its second year on November 10, Armanino will host EVOLUTION 2016—a free, one-day event for business leaders that offers education and networking around today’s leading business practices, as well as the opportunity to earn continuing education (CE) credits. Here is everything you need to know about why your nonprofit finance team should attend …

Friday, September 23, 2016

Innovation: A Must-Have Tool for Nonprofit CFOs

Innovation is must-have equipment in the toolbox of CFOs operating in the nonprofit sphere. That’s the message from a panel of nonprofit executives at this year’s nonprofit symposium. Finding sustainability is a constant challenge, said Sally Petersen, CFO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. And sometimes the enemy is …

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Nonprofit Symposium Recap: How to Streamline Your Fundraising

Although fundraising is critical to nonprofits’ success, many don’t have the right finance infrastructure to support it. To better serve their missions, organizations of all sizes need to put efficient donor management technology and processes in place. “We’ve found that if you’re working with donors, you need a system to track those relationships,” said Armanino …

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Armanino Nonprofit Symposium: Why Nonprofits Hire an Outsourced CFO

Organizations choose to outsource their CFO for a number of different reasons. Some of these are easy to measure, but others are more intangible, according to panelists at the recent Armanino Nonprofit Symposium. Regina Birdsell, president and CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Management, said that as nonprofits try to get the most out of …

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