The UCOA (pronounced yoo-KOH-uh) is an activity-based accounting system that incorporates the reporting requirements of many institutional funders and can be tailored to each nonprofit’s changing needs and existing system. The UCOA is designed to allow nonprofits to add as many reporting requirements as necessary while still allowing you to use just one system for accounting and reporting. Click here for more information.
Blueprint for Accountability. A good place to start with accountability issues from the California Association of Nonprofits.
Capital Structure Articles from Clara Miller at the Nonprofit Finance Fund. A really smart way to look at your nonprofit’s finances.
The California CPA Society has a robust tool for looking up CPA’s, check it out too.
Many of us use volunteers, but are we doing it the right way? Volunteers work with us because they care about the cause and want to help so by nature may be disinclined to take action against us should something go wrong. But that is not something we should count on and you will be exposing your organization to unnecessary risk if you do so. These resources from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center can help set up and run an effective volunteer program.
What are joint costs you ask? When you send out something that is both educational AND a solicitation for funds you run the risk of having the total cost of the activity listed as fundraising and not program unless you meet certain criteria. This article will help guide you through the process.
Go to www.HRCalifornia.com for more info about this issue and all other employment issues that affect California employers
The nice folks at the AICPA have put together a tool kit just for your audit committee to help them get there job done. From the website:
Audit committees have a big job to do in an organization-tough when the members have other responsibilities and the audit committee role is a part-time job with huge accountability. The AICPA Audit Committee Toolkit: Not-for-Profit Organizations is the needed help for audit committees to do the job they need to do as effectively and efficiently as possibly.
You can find the kit here with details on all of its elements. For those of you who don’t want to download all this info you can buy it as well.