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Finance and Budgets

New Fiscal Year, Fresh Start

We wish you a Happy New Year as so many nonprofits began their new fiscal year on July 1, 2023. Begin your New Year with a fresh, clean slate with specific strategies to “ring out the old and ring in the new.”

Since your financials are closed out, now is the time to clean up the files and the way you do business.  Did you post a lot of expenses to miscellaneous over the past year because you weren’t sure where else to put the expense? Pull all these expenses now and review them. Is there a common thread that you can use to file them into a line item of your budget? If not, you may want to consider creating an additional line item on the budget to account for these expenditures. Accountants and funders who look at your financials prefer to see all expenses tied to one of your budget line items and not dumped into a miscellaneous category.

Did you end the year in the black? If not, what can you do differently this year to ensure that you do? Gather your team together now, while there is still time, and develop a funding plan for the year.  Then, assign people to actually carry it out. Include board members in this discussion, as well. Your funding plan should be diverse and include grants, individual donors, and fundraising events. With a diverse array of funding sources, your risk is reduced in the event you lose one source of funding.

How are you serving? In other words, are your programs and services effective? Are those you are serving satisfied with the services? Now, with the start of the New Year, begin to evaluate your programs and services. Program evaluations provide insight into program strengths and challenges, as well as gathering data on community impact for grant proposals.

Does your board need training? Now is the time to get it on the calendar. Guide and direct the board in understanding roles and responsibilities and turn them into your allies and ambassadors. Training your board does not have to be expensive. If you are operating on a limited budget, visit for an inexpensive training option.

Perhaps your organization had a great year. Wonderful!!! Now is the time to celebrate.  Demonstrate your appreciation to the staff and volunteers who made it happen. Plan an organization picnic, or gathering to let people know that you know and value their commitment to and sacrifices for the organization.

What is on your to-do list at the beginning of the year? What do you need help with? Contact us and let us know how we can help.

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