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Nov 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

GJ Entry #13: Why should you care about the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

by Carol | General Journal

Dow Jones Industrial Average Chart

With protesters Occupying Wall Street, understanding the Dow Jones Industrial Average may not be your top priority. But the truth is that your nonprofit's financial health may depend on how well Wall Street does. Yes, you read that correctly. Read on to learn why...

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

GJ Entry #14: A Holiday Shopping List for Grantmakers

by Carol | General Journal


Most organizations couldn't write this letter. So I did it for them.

Dear Grantmakers,

The holiday season starts earlier and earlier every year. Retailers want you to start shopping before Thanksgiving. So before you make your list. And I know you want to get us something we’d really like. Check out the only item on our list. Remember, you’re the only one who can give it.

1. Base zero percent of your grantmaking decision on our financial information. No, that’s not a typo. It says zero %.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

GJ Entry #15: Give Thanks to Your Finance Staff

by Carol | General Journal

Thanksgiving is the time to be grateful for…

your finance people. That’s right. Finance people deserve your gratitude. On this day. and everyday.

It’s their job to make sure you have the right financial information to make sound decisions about your organization’s health and well-being.

Your finance people may not have the sexiest job on the planet. They may not appear on the frontlines, receive the applause at the awards ceremony or bask in the media spotlight. But I would argue they have one of the most important jobs around.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

GJ Entry #16: Washington DC Meetup

by Carol | General Journal

Wednesday, November 30th 5:30-7:00pm

Political gridlock got you down?

We're forming our own super committee of nonprofit finance folks and our friends.

Come on by to: Capitol City Brewing Company

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Webinar Recording: Recordkeeping & Reporting

by Carol | Members Blog

Recordkeeping & Reporting Webinar

This training is perfect for finace staff who are new to nonprofits and for groups that have been fiscally sponsored and are thinking about becoming an independent nonprofit.

Topics covered:

  • Federal, state, and local reporting requirements for nonprofits
  • What financial records to keep and for how long
  • What to keep in personnel files and what NOT to keep in them

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