Not-for-Profit Newsletter Spring 2011

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SKR Nonprofit Newsletter
Spring 2011

Does your board "get" your financials?

Not all of a nonprofit’s board members may really understand the numbers they receive and what they mean to the organization. This article offers ways to help make this information clearer, beginning with understanding the members’ varying levels of expertise and how to improve their knowledge. It then offers concrete examples of effectively communicating information through pie charts, bar graphs and financial ratios. A sidebar mentions the importance of conducting a cash flow analysis.

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Checklist for an effective audit committee

No matter how long an audit committee has been up and running, the board of directors should monitor its performance. How is the committee doing in regard to overseeing the organization’s processes for financial reporting, internal controls and the audit? Is it ensuring that the not-for-profit complies with applicable laws and regulations and a code of conduct? This article provides a checklist designed to give a broad reading on how an audit committee is doing.

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Lobbying by the book

Straying from IRS requirements for lobbying could jeopardize a nonprofit’s tax-exempt status. This article explains the difference between lobbying and advocacy, and the circumstances under which nonprofits are allowed to lobby.

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Meet our Nonprofit Specialists! 







Steve Hochstetter, CPA, CVA, Audit Partner







Jeff Talus, CPA, Tax Partner

Stockman Kast Ryan + CO nonprofit services include:

  • Tax preparation
  • Audits and reviews of financial statements
  • Compliance audits with OMB Circular A-133
  • Cash flow projections and other consulting services
  • UBIT (Unrelated Business Income Tax) consulting
  • Internal control reviews
  • Bookkeeping

For more information on any of our nonprofit services, please contact us at (719) 630-1186.

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SKR+CO Expert
Steve Hochstetter, CPA/ABV®, CFF™, CVA, Audit Partner
Steve has been in public accounting since 1983, with significant experience serving nonprofit organizations, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, and small to mid-size businesses.