FINANCE UNLOCKED FOR NONPROFITS INTRODUCTION
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BALANCE SHEET Healthy organizations know where they are financially at any given time. A Balance Sheet is a report showing where you stand financially at a point in time. It is also known as a Statement of Financial Position.
INCOME STATEMENT Nonprofits plan for the future and then check reality against this plan, comparing the story of what they are hearing with what the numbers really tell them. An income statement is a financial report showing operating results over a specific time period. It is also known as a Statement of Activities or Profit & Loss Statement (P&L).
- Period of time
- Revenue diversification
IRS FORM 990 The IRS Form 990 – an annual required tax filing – highlights a nonprofit’s mission and compliance with federal regulations. It is your most public document, available on websites and viewed by potential donors.
- Public document
- Marketing tool
- Compliance & penalties
GIVING Healthy nonprofits make use of a wide range of funding sources and are mindful of the differences in accounting, donor expectations, and restrictions. After all, money fuels nonprofit work, so nonprofits needs to think about what fills their engines.
OVERSIGHT Nonprofit board members are ultimately responsible for the effective, responsible use of a nonprofit’s resources. Oversight includes “controls”, the policies and procedures designed to prevent fraud and assure accurate reporting of the affairs of the organization.
- Internal controls
- Policies and procedures
- Avoiding fraud
Reflection & Next Steps
ABOUT FINANCE UNLOCKED FOR NONPROFITS
Washington Nonprofits and Jacobson Jarvis, PLLC worked in partnership to develop Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits (FUN). Jacobson Jarvis PLLC is the region’s largest firm focused exclusively on the financial and accounting needs of not-for profit organizations across the Pacific Northwest. FUN’s financial content was guided by Jacobson Jarvis principals Erin Welch and Howard Donkin.