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Risks Accompany Benefits When Skilled Volunteers Are Needed...

The value of volunteers has long been recognized by nonprofit managers. In light of recent economic difficulties and funding challenges, the base of willing and committed individuals as a means of coping with limited resources has been further built up. But with the benefits come certain risks that nonprofit leaders need to inventory and address. […]

The Next Generation...

5 challenges nonprofit leaders will face in 2020 and beyond Millennials are now in a position to take over the reins of many of our most important and cherished nonprofit organizations, and Generation Zers are close behind. As technology and digital natives, these new generations are savvier, more diverse, more committed and more challenged than […]

Internal Controls Only Work If They’re Enforced...

Opportunity, incentive and rationale are what accountants and law enforcement consider the three corners of the fraud triangle. The only corner that managers can control to a great extent is opportunity and that’s where internal controls are vital. Internal controls fail for three reasons. The first is human error and the second is when senior […]

Risk Management: Get A GRIP...

Promoting safety in the workplace requires an intelligent, planned approach. Prioritizing injury types that need to be addressed is important to the process.  In the book “Grass Roots Injury Prevention,” the authors emphasize just what the title says, Grass Roots Injury Prevention (GRIP). These factors need to be addressed: How frequent is the injury?  How […]

Please Be Quiet …Ratcheting Down The Volume...

Communication is so important that some people work against it by over-communicating. Others hold communication in such regard that they shy away from it for fear of causing harm. During a recent risk management summit, attendees were given a cheat sheet from “Communicating for Dummies” by Marty Brounstein. Included on that cheat sheet was a […]

Cheaper To Keep Them...

It costs roughly $15,000 to replace an employee earning $45,000, according to a study from a retention report from the Work Institute in Franklin, Tenn. And, employee engagement is vital to an ecosystem of success. Finding and keeping a workforce of social good specialists is not easy in a gig economy. There are nonprofits where […]

Nonprofit Job Expansion Beats The Private Sector...

Common wisdom holds that nonprofit employment is essentially an urban phenomenon. But new data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics using a technique developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies suggests that this might not be universally true. While 88 percent of U.S. nonprofit employment is located in metropolitan areas, […]

9 Common Internal Controls You Should Have...

Failure to understand internal control when identifying risks was the reason major issues come up at nonprofits 40 percent of the time, according to data from a AICPA Peer Review Program Study. Making sure your accountants and consultants understand remote monitoring and management (RMM) and internal controls is vital. The best practice is to document […]

There’s No Avoiding The Gig Economy...

There’s no denying that even the smallest organizations are global. Working across cities, states and nations is no longer just for multi-national corporations. Technology has brought us the Gig Economy where all you need is a phone and PayPal or a digital bank account to have a job. It’s the future of the workforce and […]

7 Reasons Systems Fail and Trust Erodes...

What is trust? It is an outcome. It’s the result of a process. It is built over time like a bank account. And in absence of trust you’re probably more vulnerable. People – and donors – rely on the marketplace to operate in a way that rewards fair and honest practices. Those practices include: integrity, […]