Nonprofit Ace Podcast
Having Protection and Processes to Avoid Misappropriation with Documentation

Having Protection and Processes to Avoid Misappropriation with Documentation

September 13, 2022

In this last episode, of our ten most popular. We go back to Season 5, Episode 5, Examining Rodeo Austin Accountant Million Dollar Theft, enjoy!

 

Are you doing a background check on your new hires? Do your employees complete thorough expense reports? You could be missing out on some significant red flags that could cost you the trust of your funders. 

 

I'm sharing how you can spot red flags in your organization and what you can do to have processes and protection in place to ensure all funds go where they are supposed to. 

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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An Intense Dive into the Form 990

An Intense Dive into the Form 990

September 6, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes, Season 2, Episode 1, So, What's the 990, enjoy!

 

What is the IRS Form 990? Why do we need to complete it for our organization, and why is it important to the public and IRS? Maybe you think you are filling it out, but you are actually completing the 990 N and missing out on the benefits of filling out the complete 990.

 

In this episode, I explain what the 990 is, how to and when to file electronically, and why the 990 might be returned. 

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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Competitive Compensation and Ethical Funding

Competitive Compensation and Ethical Funding

August 30, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes, Season 5 Episode 1, the first episode of Nonprofit Ace, Let’s Talk About Compensation. Enjoy!

 

Are people working in your organization for the love of the cause or the pay? It might make sense to hire someone who doesn't care about the income. However, studies show you should. Do you know what comparable organizations are paying?

 

In this episode, I share why your compensation will benefit your organization. I also share how having competitive pay can pay off ethically for you. 

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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Making Sense of Your Financial Reports

Making Sense of Your Financial Reports

August 23, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes from Season 1, Episode 10, Storytime, enjoy!

 

Does your balance sheet make sense to you? Do you see trends like your liabilities are high, your cash flow is high, or you are holding on to cash for some reason? Your balance sheet and income report can be confusing, but there are some things you should know.

 

In this episode, I will share what you should be doing to check if your financial statements are telling a story that makes sense. 

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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The Top Questions and Answers to Help You Start Your Nonprofit Organization

The Top Questions and Answers to Help You Start Your Nonprofit Organization

August 16, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes from Season 1, Episode 3, Before You Start the Nonprofit, enjoy!

 

Do you feel called to start a nonprofit? Is the lack of information and knowledge in creating one holding you back? Maybe you don't know where to start, how to gather people for a board, or how to get started with the IRS. It can be scary to make that leap, but when your passion for helping others is strong, everything else will follow. 

 

In this episode, I will share answers to some of my most frequently asked questions when starting a nonprofit organization. 

 

"Continue the process. Go slow. Take your time. You don't have to become a nonprofit organization right away. You can always get your status later." - Chyla Graham.

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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Guidance, Counsel and Mercy with Cherrise Wilks

Guidance, Counsel and Mercy with Cherrise Wilks

August 9, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes from Season 4, Episode 11, Full Interview: Cherrise Wilks. Enjoy!

 

Has your organization worked with multiple agencies to help you with your programs and projects? Maybe you feel like you are still at square one, and the only thing that has changed is your budget when hiring someone else to help you achieve your goals. 

 

In this episode, I talk with Cherrise Wilks about her role in helping governments, businesses, and nonprofits that lack proper organizational structure and helping them achieve multiple revenue streams for their programs and projects. 

 

Cherrise is a giver of information, guidance, counsel, and mercy, with a mission to serve others, meet their goals, and find resources. She's an experienced administrator with over 18 years in federal, state, and local government and the nonprofit sectors. Ms. Wilks recently served as an emergency manager/community development specialist and formally as a hazard mitigation grant specialist for the US Department of Homeland Security. Her firm has secured more than 77 million and managed 300 million in federal, state, and private grant contracts, loan tax credits, and sponsorships. Additionally, Ms. Wilks has directly managed local government budgets of 40 million in general operating funds and identified over 5.7 million local government operational costs. Ms. Wilks holds a BS in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences from Florida State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Florida, and professional credentials in community real estate development, contract management, and grants management.

 

Advice shared in this episode:

  • Introducing Cherrise Wilks (1:04)
  • Celebrating her most significant grant award (2:22)
  • How Cherrise helps her clients (3:23)
  • Bringing Affinity to life (6:12)
  • The decision to include nonprofits (8:19)
  • Working with nonprofits in a long-term capacity (11:47)
  • Who Cherrise works with (14:25)
  • Cherrise's advice for working with others (16:17)
  • The best tools for your organization (18:44)
  • Cherrise's best advice (21:23)

 

Connect with Cherrise

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Website

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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Avoiding Clerical Mistakes with Deadlines, Descriptions & Proper Delegation

Avoiding Clerical Mistakes with Deadlines, Descriptions & Proper Delegation

August 2, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes from Season 5, Episode 3, Prioritizing Organization to Avoid Clerical Errors, enjoy!

 

Do you know your deadline for accounting reports? Does each member of your organization understand the proper use of funds? After working hard to receive a grant, you want to make sure you're doing everything correctly to prevent the feds or your community from thinking you are misusing funds. 

 

In this episode, I will share more tips on adequately overseeing your team and finances to help you avoid clerical errors. 

 

"I'm a strong believer that you can have a bookkeeper and an accountant to do everything, but if you don't check it, you don't know if it's correct." - Chyla Graham.

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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Dodging Accounting Discrepancies

Dodging Accounting Discrepancies

July 26, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes from Season 5, Episode 2: Prioritizing Proper Accounting, enjoy!

 

Can you explain your accounting reports? Maybe you aren't a specialist, but you are relying on someone else on your team to keep up with your accounting. The news can make mishandling of funds look like a frequent occurrence, but there are ways to ensure things don't go awry. 

 

In this episode, I will be sharing tips with you on how to make sure you are prioritizing your accounting to help you avoid accounting discrepancies. 

 

"We all wear many hats with a nonprofit, and we all do lots of roles. You want someone who understands accounting and can talk with the researchers regularly to get the documentation they need." - Chyla Graham.

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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Let’s Talk Money and Impact

Let’s Talk Money and Impact

July 19, 2022

In this episode, we are bringing back one of our most popular episodes from Season 1, Episode 9: Can a Nonprofit Make a Profit, enjoy!

 

What would it mean for the communities you serve if you saved up some money? What difference would it make in their lives if you added funds? Sometimes we are conflicted and lack clarity on the understanding that it is okay to want to generate more funds for your nonprofit organization. So, what is the difference between a for-profit and a not-for-profit organization? You aren't focused on the dollars but the impact. 

 

In this episode, we will be getting clear on how to become confident in raising funds to help impact your community and cause. 

 

"You can't help someone else if you can't help yourself. Instead, put your oxygen mask on first." - Chyla Graham.

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

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The Power of a Focused Mission Statement

The Power of a Focused Mission Statement

July 12, 2022

Our number one most popular episode is Season 1 Episode 1 - Distill Your Mission, enjoy! 

 

When people ask about your organization, do you feel like a deer in the headlights? Sometimes, our humble servant hearts kick in, but we aren't clear on our mission most often. While this uncertainty can lead to confusion for whoever is asking, it can also cause more issues when it comes to saying yes to what aligns with your mission and no to what doesn't. In this episode, we will be getting clear on your who, what and why to save you time and energy to keep moving forward and making effective decisions. 

 

"You must be able to point back with every question to your what and why because it will save so much time and energy." - Chyla Graham.

 

If you want to continue the conversation, find me on LinkedIn and send me a DM! I would love to hear more about you and your nonprofit! 

 

Are you enjoying the show? Be sure to leave a rate and review of the show! I'd love to hear from you.

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