Non-Profit Organizations Comparison Essay by Neatwriter

Non-Profit Organizations
This paper compares financial management in non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations.
# 60769 | 2,905 words | 11 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Sep 14, 2005 in Business (Administration) , Accounting (General)

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This page explains that non-profit organizations different from for-profit organizations in the way they manage their finances and provide their financial information to others because, rather than making a profit, they turn their money back into goods and services which help others, pay their employees and pay their operating expenses. The author points out five financial risks, which must be managed in a proactive manner by the board of directors. They are (1) the cost of lost opportunities, (2) financial crunches, (3) uncontrollable costs, (4) increased difficulty with recognizing revenues that meet forecasts and (5) the lack of a successful model for management. The paper stresses that the accounting differences between the two groups are (1) accounting for contributions, (2) capitalizing and depreciating assets, (3) functional expense classification and (4) use of both cash- and modified-cash basis accounting methods.

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From the Paper:

"Nonprofit organizations often do not spend enough time dealing with financial issues because they are so focused on the mission that they are sworn to uphold. However, without paying attention to the financial issues as well, these organizations can run into real trouble. They need to orient themselves to the workings of their organization, financially, and they need to develop a budget that works well for all people involved and is realistic. Without a realistic budget, the organization will likely not succeed, because there will be constant struggle and upset regarding whether issues such as bills are dealt with efficiently and properly to ensure that the organization keeps running."

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