Helping nonprofits become stronger financial managers.

December 20, 2013

A Pretty Good Year for NFP Partners as We Look Ahead

As another year comes to a close, I reflect on our accomplishments, our successes and things that we can improve upon. We have experienced slow but steady growth, particularly in the accounting services part of our practice.

We now provide outsourced accounting services, employing our collaborative model to about 20 nonprofit organizations, which is an increase of 50% from 2012. Most of the new business has come through word-of-mouth, which is a good situation. It is gratifying to see that our original assessment of the need for professional accounting services among smaller nonprofits has been validated. In what used to be a hit-or-miss proposition for many of our clients in managing their finances, they now enjoy the peace of mind that comes from operating under good internal controls and generating compliant, accurate, relevant and timely financial reports. Client satisfaction with our services is our reward and motivation to grow our business and improve our performance.

Looking ahead, we see several challenges that come with growth, the main one – no surprise – is getting the right people on the team and the best organizational model to deploy them. We feel fortunate to have a core of motivated and competent individuals, and also having learned about some of the human intangibles that make a difference. Making the right personnel choices is number one, but we also have to strengthen our infrastructure, especially streamlining and documenting our processes.

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Bottom line, we love what we are doing and are thankful for the trust and confidence our clients have shown in us.

We wish you all a joyous holiday.

Warm Regards,

Lee Bengston

What’s New in Nonprofit and Governmental Accounting?

I recently attended the all-day Government and Nonprofit Update course, sponsored by the Colorado Society of Public Accountants. While it was intended primarily for auditors, the material was pertinent to the audited client organizations as well. I am not an auditor, for which I’m eternally grateful, but I have to say some of the content was new to me – – and gave me a newfound appreciation for what an auditor needs to know to successfully navigate through the maze of government regulations, accounting and auditing standards, and pronouncements. Ironically, there’s a ‘clarity’ initiative within the profession to rewrite auditing standards to make them more consistent and understandable.

This all aside, it was a useful course and I garnered several takeaways that are relevant to nonprofit and governmental CFOs, controllers and accountants.

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