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You Have Unity of Purpose, but What about Unity of Numbers?

You Have Unity of Purpose, but What about Unity of Numbers? The Importance of Financial Due Diligence in Non-Profit Mergers  Last week, we talked about the initial considerations of a non-profit merger. Once you’ve reflected on the relevant issues and made the decision that a merger aligns with your goals, donors, board members, and mission, it… | Read the full article »

It May be Time for Non-Profits to Consider a Merger

It May be Time for Non-Profits to Consider a Merger  A Possible Solution During Impossible Times   The profound effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt for years to come in all aspects of our lives and businesses. However, non-profit organizations have faced, and will continue to face, their own set of unique challenges. Overall closures, increasing unemployment, a lack… | Read the full article »

What is an Audit and Why do I Need One?

In all my years as a CPA and a CFO, I do not recall anyone (ever) who has gotten excited about a financial audit.  No one wants to pay for an audit (in money and time), prepare schedules for the auditors, or answer the millions of questions they ask. Who has time for all of… | Read the full article »

Financial Topics Worth Talking About in 2020 -The Year in Review

There were more firsts this year than any of us care to count. Some issues, however, have been around for a very long time and aren’t going anywhere. In fact, many are more important than ever before. Financial strategies and solutions, infrastructure, investor relations, and negotiations simply do not quarantine themselves, even during a global… | Read the full article »

At the Intersection of Financial Infrastructure and a Global Pandemic

How a Pre-Pandemic Shift Left Companies Vulnerable  At the Intersection of Financial Infrastructure and a Global Pandemic How a Pre-Pandemic Shift Left Companies Vulnerable Pre-pandemic (do we even remember that time?), the investment world had experienced a huge shift. Unfortunately, this shift did not help prepare companies or investors for what was to come. Priorities had… | Read the full article »

Bonding with Budgets

Often, when people think of budgets, images of CPAs and CFOs come to mind. They’d assume leave the numbers to those with the titles and letters following their names. However, in reality, budgets are for many more than just those with accounting backgrounds. In fact, allindividuals with any spending authority in an organization should be comfortable bonding with the organization’s budget.   A budget is an invaluable tool to help individuals make… | Read the full article »

Choosing Gratitude

While this year has given us challenges beyond what any of us could have imagined, I choose to be thankful for all the experiences I have had and lessons I have learned in 2020. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to have gratitude above all else.   Early this year, if someone had told me I would be okay with certain things, I would have said, “No, not me. I just can’t live like that!” Admittedly, there were many ‘I can’ts.’ … | Read the full article »

Could Due Diligence Impair Your Exit Strategy?

I have noted that, even during these days of the COVID pandemic, there is still a lot of money in the PE and VC world that investors must spend for firms to survive.  PE and VC firms invest in companies with a plan to exit the investment in three to five years. The exit can… | Read the full article »

Dogs Will Lie, but the Numbers Will Not

Are you wrapped around your pet’s little paw? We are, despite the fact that we recently learned they will lie to us. Last night, I fed our Maltese and Bichon Frise their dinners and went about my evening activities. Later, my husband, Glenn, came into the kitchen and the little guys acted as if they… | Read the full article »

Keeping Your House…and Your Books…In Order

When I have guests over for dinner, I empty trash cans, pull out the cloth napkins, and replace the everyday hand towel with a nice guest towel. The morning after the dinner party, I almost always say to myself that we should keep the house this tidy and organized all the time. A decluttered house… | Read the full article »