June 28, 2017
For nonprofits, strategic financial management is essential for ensuring that organizations remain fiscally sustainable during changing times. Budget cuts, misuse of funds, and other unanticipated liabilities pose a huge future risk. Having a solid plan for how to respond to unexpected turmoil makes a world of difference. Here are a few tips for steadily managing nonprofit finances.
Develop a detailed plan to secure internal finances. It’s imperative to know exactly where money is coming from and a plan for how it will be used. Here are a few questions to answer when developing a financial strategy (courtesy of KnowHowNonprofit.org).
In additional to those questions above,the following will help in planning a solid financial strategy for your organization. How will the organization generate revenue or will it solely rely on gifts from donors?
Having a nest egg is key for nonprofits that wish to grow and be financially healthy for the long-term. Many organizations regularly face uncertainty due to economic conditions and need operating reserve balances to ensure future working capital is available.
A budget is a financial plan that serves as a monthly guide and is crucial in managing short and long term cash flow. With budgeting, nonprofits can focus on long, and short term goals while managing organizational growth.
We hope you find these tips useful in structuring your nonprofit’s financial strategy.
In addition to their money-saving purpose on behalf of nonprofit organizations like AHS, First Nonprofit’s Nonprofit Unemployment Fund
streamlines the information we need to efficiently manage unemployment claims. Our relationship with NU Fund gave us access to such things as advice on planning for what’s ahead and how to analyze cost scenarios when unexpected events occurred. Both experiences were very helpful.
The Ensight Skills Center has enjoyed working with First Nonprofit for several years. We are enrolled in their Unemployment Savings Program and although we have not required a lot of intervention, there have been a few times. I know others have dealt with the same problem of unemployment fraud over the last year and in our case, a call to First Nonprofit (they actually answer their phones) cleared up the issue. They also sent us a letter to send to all our employees telling them what they needed to do to prevent this in the future and protect themselves. What a relief! Over the years if I have questions or concerns, they are happy to listen, advise and help if they can. Another BIG advantage of using First Nonprofit is that all the money that is paid into the Unemployment Savings Program lives on my balance sheet as an asset. The money continues to be Ensight’s not the governments. First Nonprofit has certainly given me peace of mind.
Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.
NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.
It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We
Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.
Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.