How to Set Up Your Nonprofit Accounting System - A Beginner's Guide (Recording)

  • Duration
    90 Minutes
  • Author
    Joseph Scarano
  • Course Level
  • Year Created
  • CFRE Approved
    1.50 Points


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A Whopping 90% of the People Who Attended This Nonprofit Webinar Rated It As Great to Excellent!

Nonprofit organization leaders and managers must have a clear understanding of financial management to help their organization serve its constituents. Basic skills in financial management start in the critical areas of cash management and accounting, which should be done according to certain financial controls and accounting guidelines to ensure integrity in the accounting process.   

By viewing How To Set Up Your Nonprofit Accounting System, you will be given the knowledge that will help your organization be more accountable to funding sources, provide proper transparency to your constituents, demonstrate proper stewardship of your donor funds and build a foundation that will help your organization be more sustainable to fulfill your mission.   

What You Will Learn from this Recorded Nonprofit Webinar

  • Major Differences between For Profit and Nonprofit Accounting 
  • What is a fund
  • What is the difference between a fund and a program
  • How to define your functional areas
  • How to create a nonprofit chart of accounts 
  • How to build a nonprofit budget 
  • What is the difference between cash and accrual accounting
  • How to prepare financial statements
  • How to read and interpret financial statements 
  • How to prepare a grant proposal
  • How to determine if you are using the right accounting software
  • How to evaluate accounting software for your organization 

This Webinar Recording is Perfect for You if…

  • You are in charge of your organization’s accounting, but you don’t understand accounting.
  • You are a Board Member of a Nonprofit and don’t have a good understanding of nonprofit accounting.
  • Your organization is struggling to prepare timely financial reports.
You’ll Get These BONUS Materials:
  1. Sample Nonprofit Chart of Accounts
  2. Sample Financial Statements
  3. Sample Budget Spreadsheet
  4. Guide to Picking The Right Nonprofit Accounting Software

What Attendees Said about This Nonprofit Webinar: 

“Coming from a for-profit background, now being the Director of Finance in a not-for-profit has presented some challenges. This webinar really helped clarify why certain things have to be done/recorded in a way I've never been exposed to. I really appreciated all the inside info that I didn't get when changing industries.”

Tanya Livingston, Mount Pleasant Home

“Today's webinar filled in some blanks for me - I have years of nonprofit experience in Development, and the webinar helped me understand some the details that have been rote.”

Mary Pat Cooney, Los Angeles Ballet

“This webinar cleared up a lot of the questions I had about what/how we were accounting and provided me with some direction on what/how to change. It was very helpful!”

Stephanie Insinna-Sahondo, mpowered

“I was very pleasantly surprised by the knowledge shared and the smooth presentation - and audio clarity. I would highly recommend this presenter and CharityHowTo.”

Virginia Gokhale.

“Very comprehensive. I am a looking forward to getting all the downloads. It looks like we will be receiving a lot of good material and resources!”

Alice Antonelli, Nonprofit Finance Fund

“It was fairly easy to follow and understand even to someone who only knows basic bookkeeping.”

Susan Abner, My Daily Armor Ministries

“As a relatively new Nonprofit Executive Director with a degree in psychology (not accounting), this course was incredibly helpful in orienting me to the basics of nonprofit accounting. Especially helpful was how to read financial reports and how to set up the chart of accounts in a way that will produce effective reports.”

Julie Macecevic, Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center

“Very applicable and beneficial information and hand-outs!”

Brenda DenHouten.

“Seminar was very informative, puts you on the right path to continue with good accounting principles.”

Sandra Osorio, Shiloh CDC

“The speaker was very educated on the topic and gave practical examples! I have not found this anywhere else!”

Ginenne Walker, Welcoming America

“This was an informative resourceful presentation.”

Mary Ellen Dickey, Diakon

About Your Topic Expert

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Joseph, is the CEO of Araize, a software company whose sole focus is to provide cost effective, comprehensive software management solutions to nonprofit organizations.  Joe has 10 years of experience as a CPA in a public accounting firm specializing in auditing and consulting nonprofits.  He earned his BS Degree in Accounting from Fairfield University and has spent the last 32 years providing nonprofit software solutions to nonprofits.  He is dedicated to helping nonprofits be more accountable and more sustainable so they can better fulfill their mission.  He has presented his nonprofit financial management courses through the North Carolina Association of Nonprofits, Duke University’s Continuing Education Program, Raleigh’s Project Lift and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.  He has has served on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer with a school for children with autism and a neighborhood property owners 

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