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October 4, 2021
Actively Look for Fraud and Reduce Financial Losses

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE’s) Report to the Nations: 2020 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse provides ample evidence that some fraud detection methods are better than others. In general, passive methods, such as accidental discovery or ...

September 29, 2021
Got an Endowment? You Need an Investment Advisor.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, financial markets have been riding a roller coaster. This volatility is a good reminder that if your nonprofit has an endowment, it could benefit from management by a professional investment advisor. Here’s how to find a qualified advis...

September 22, 2021
EIDL Program Retooled for Still-Struggling Small Businesses

For many small businesses, the grand reopening is still on hold. The rapid spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has mired a variety of companies in diminished revenue and serious staffing shortages. In response, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has retooled its Eco...

September 22, 2021
Keep Nonprofit Board Meetings Short and Sweet

Whether your not-for-profit is continuing to hold videoconference board meetings or is back to in-person gatherings, you don’t want to waste members’ time. Board meetings need to be long enough to accomplish agenda items and keep your organization on track, but not so lo...

September 15, 2021
Associations Should Prioritize Common Interests, Not Individual Services

Watch out, nonprofit trade associations! If your group is a 501(c)(6) organization, your activities could potentially threaten your tax-exempt status. To ensure you’re in compliance with IRS rules, you need to routinely review your member offerings and any business you mig...

September 3, 2021
Recovery Start-Up Employee Retention Credit

Did you start a business in 2020 and think that you were unable to qualify for the amazing Employee Retention Credit? Well, think again; you could be in luck. The recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), created a new path that could allow you to qualify for...

August 25, 2021
Your Nonprofit May Have an Internal Controls Gap

The typical defrauded not-for-profit loses $75,000 per fraud incident, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. And that doesn’t account for the negative publicity and subsequent lost donations and support that often follow fraud. Although no preventive m...

August 16, 2021
Protect Your Company From Cyberattacks by Adopting Zero Trust

Some organizations struggle to prevent cyberattacks because they rely on cybersecurity tools and techniques that protect only their perimeter. Perpetrators who make it past a single line of defense (such as with a username and password) can gain unfettered access to the comp...

August 4, 2021
5 Ways Nonprofits Can Prepare for an Audit

No not-for-profit looks forward to annual audits. But regular maintenance and preparation specific to an impending audit can make the process less disruptive. We recommend taking the following steps....

August 2, 2021
Gift or Kickback? It’s a Fine Line.

Your employees shouldn’t accept any gift offered with the intent to improperly influence business decisions — or even one that merely appears to compromise their ability to act in your company’s best interests. Unfortunately, kickbacks are often disguised as gifts or t...

July 19, 2021
What You Can Do to Prevent Fraud in Your Construction Company

Fraud is costly for all victimized companies, but it’s even worse in the construction sector. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Report to the Nations: 2020 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, construction companies affected by fraud los...

July 15, 2021
IRS Struggles

It’s never been a particularly pleasant experience dealing with the IRS, but the IRS is struggling mightily right now in a way they have never struggled before. Their service is at an all-time low and there is no end in sight. They have millions of unopened pieces of mai...