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Social Welfare or Social Club?

I recently assisted a client with completing a Form 1023 to apply for tax exemption with the IRS for a newly form nonprofit entity.  As part of this process, questions came up about whether the organization was a social welfare entity or more like a social club.  The main difference between the two is that …

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What the Yellow Book Update Means for You

Some of you may have heard that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recently updated the Government Auditing Standards for the Yellow Book this year.  Some of you may be wondering how is this update going to affect me, or what is my auditor going to be asking for that I should be prepared for?  …

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Vendor or Subrecipient

How can you tell if you have passed federal funds on to a subrecipient or simply paid a vendor?  The answer to this question may not always be easy.  This is something many not-for-profits struggle with, and it’s extremely important as single audit requirements that an entity which passes federal funds on to a subrecipient …

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Auditor Term Limits: An Update for Charter Schools

Last fall 2011 I wrote a blog regarding auditor term limits that were slowly creeping their way into governmental audits in the State of Arizona.  The legislature had passed Laws 2011, Chapter 344, sec. 5 and sec.16 of Arizona Revised Statutes §15-183 and §15-914, respectively, in July 2011 requiring Charter Schools to rotate their audit …

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6 Methods to Implement in Detecting Workplace Fraud

In these economically stressful times, pressure and incentive to perpetrate fraud are more plentiful. Employers must address fraud risk more rigorously than ever before. Annual communication with the entity’s auditor can help pinpoint areas of higher risk.  Once identified, these areas can become the focus of management brainstorming sessions to develop processes to heighten awareness …

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Single Audit Revisions – The Government Needs Your Help

Imaging looking at your Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) and noting that the total is $502,000.  Some of you might think, “Why couldn’t we have spent $3,000 less and save ourselves the cost of a single audit?”  And you’re not alone.  The United States OMB is working on reforming the Federal Grant process, …

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Auditor General Fraud Alert – Billing Schemes

The Office of the Auditor General for the State of Arizona recently issued a fraud alert regarding common billing schemes. The Alert cites a 2010 study done by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners that indicated most misappropriation schemes involve the theft of cash receipts or involve fraudulent disbursements of cash. The study also indicated …

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Are You Using Social Media To Achieve Your Marketing Goals? Part II

Now you have your marketing plan in place and some do’s and don’ts you are ready to get your accounts set up based on your target audience.  If you have defined LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and blogging as good social media tools for your organization read on to learn about some great resources for you to …

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Are You Using Social Media To Achieve Your Marketing Goals? Part I

I recently gave a presentation at our monthly lunch ‘n learns about using social media in not-for-profit organizations.  If you are not using social media I strongly encourage you to look into it.  Social media is very affordable (as it is mostly free), easy way to connect with your supporters, great way to maintain relationships …

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A Look into the Importance of Budgets for Governments and Not-for-Profits

Government and not-for-profit budgets are far more important than those for businesses because they are expressions of public policy and often carry the authority of law, preventing public officials from spending outside their budgetary authority.  The increased importance of budgets is reflected in government financial reports by a required report comparing budgeted and actual amounts. …

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