CFO, yes or no? Here’s how to decide

Whether your not-for-profit organization needs a chief financial officer (CFO) depends on many factors, such as the size of your organization, the complexity and types of revenue sources, and the number of programs you have. Static organizations are less likely to need a CFO than those with evolving programs and long-term plans that rely on […]

Classify Your Nonprofit’s Workers Correctly — Or Risk Repercussions

Many not-for-profits are understaffed in 2022, thanks to a labor shortage and pandemic-related budget shortfalls. Some organizations are filling the gaps with freelancers and contractors. However, such decisions can lead to trouble if these workers should really be classified as employees according to the Department of Labor (DOL) or the IRS. To ensure your workers […]

Goodwill in a bad economy

In today’s volatile economy, many businesses and nonprofits have been required to write down the value of acquired goodwill on their balance sheets. Others are expected to follow suit — or report additional write-offs — in 2022. To the extent that goodwill is written off, it can’t be recovered in the future, even if the […]

Need Extra Hands? Try Local Companies

If your not-for-profit is trying to fulfill its mission with less volunteer help these days, you’re not alone. A December 2021 Gallop poll found that although donating to charity has largely returned to pre-pandemic levels, volunteering was still down. Only 56% of survey respondents said they’d volunteered in the past year, compared with 64% in […]

Time To Spring Clean Your Programming Lineup

Does your not-for-profit offer programs that may have started out promising, but have become disappointing? Do you have replacement programs in mind but haven’t yet secured funding for them? Consider subjecting your programming lineup to a good spring cleaning. That way, you can reallocate funds to offerings that have the best potential to meet your […]

How To Recruit When Job Candidates Have The Upper Hand

The Great Resignation hasn’t been so great for not-for-profit organizations. As many for-profit businesses — particularly in traditionally low-wage industries — have raised pay and hiring incentives, nonprofits have lost staffers. According to a New York Times analysis of Current Population Survey data, nonprofit employment in November 2021 was 4.8% below its prepandemic level, compared […]

Nonprofit Observer Spring Newsletter

Here’s a brief glance at what you’ll find in the Spring issue… 4 tips for rebuilding your operating reserves The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home many lessons for nonprofits, perhaps none so much as the importance of operating reserves. This article provides some steps nonprofits with dramatically depleted — or nonexistent — reserves can take […]

News for Nonprofits

Support for female causes growing slowly While women’s and girls’ organizations have seen some gains in recent years, a new report from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University finds they still account for a small percentage of giving. According to “The Women & Girls Index: Measuring Giving to Women’s And Girls’ Causes,” […]

Changes Are Coming To Your Auditor’s Report

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Auditing Standards Board’s latest standards are kicking in, and many nonprofits will notice resulting changes to the format and content of auditor reports on their organizations’ financial statements. The updates are intended to make auditor reports more meaningful and transparent for the users of financial statements, including […]

4 Tips For Rebuilding Your Operating Reserves

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home many lessons for nonprofits, perhaps none so much as the importance of operating reserves. If your nonprofit is among those organizations with dramatically depleted — or nonexistent — reserves, here are some steps you can take to remedy the situation. 1. Achieve buy-in. It sometimes can be difficult to […]