How Board Members Can Learn to Spot the Red Flags

Here we go again. A few weeks ago Nonprofit Quarterly reported about the fallout from reports by FEGS Health & Human Services in New York of an unexpected $19.4 million loss:  changes in the executive office and cuts to programs and budgets. Like many others in the sector, one of my first reactions is to ask, “Where was the board?”

Programmatic Sustainability: Are we there yet?

How do you know your programs are sustainable? Do you have the tools to tell you how you are doing, or are you like the kid in the backseat wondering, “Are we there yet?”

New how-to resource to understand the true cost of programs – coming soon!

We are excited to announce that we're putting the finishing touches on a new program budget and allocation tool. Sign-up for early bird notice of the new resource and you’ll be among the first to receive our new guide and spreadsheet template that breaks down the process of understanding true program costs.

Can I have some more slack, please?

Kate Barr writes about the payoffs of building organizational cushion, both in staff time and financial reserves.

Build financial leadership to follow the golden rules

In this blog post, Stephanie Jacobs recaps a recent training about the twelve golden rules of nonprofit finance.

Value, cost, and price: a nonprofit dilemma

In this post, Curt Klotz talks about the importance of placing value and cost to the services nonprofits provide. He encourages nonprofits to value our work beyond the traditional definition of cost.

Busting the Nonprofit Overhead Myth starts with you

When the topic of overhead costs comes up, there is always a shared sentiment that we need to work together to change the emphasis on this single ratio and focus on quality, results, and impact. In this blog post, Kate Barr urges nonprofits to communicate beyond overhead, and it can begin with changing your financial pie chart.

Be provocative: Embrace your nonprofit-ness

Last week, Nonprofits Assistance Fund and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits presented our 3rd Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. The turnout was fantastic: 415 nonprofit staff and board members. Our keynote, Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, set the conference, and Twitter, abuzz with his great lead on the theme Embracing our Nonprofit-ness.

Something for everyone

Last week, I celebrated my one year anniversary at Nonprofits Assistance Fund. As I was reflecting back on what a great year this has been with an amazing organization, I recalled what my first few weeks on the job were like.

Embrace your overhead

In this blog post, Curt Klotz joins in on the overhead discussion by encouraging us to establish a framework that overhead is building organizational infrastructure.