Category: Nonprofit

An Incident Response Plan Prepares You for a Ransomware Attack

By Darren Hulem, Senior IT and Risk Analyst An exponential increase in the number of ransomware attacks in 2021 has many businesses and nonprofits wondering whether they are next. In recent months, well-known ransomware victims made headlines when they elected to pay the ransom to quickly recover data and return to normal operations. Is your…

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Charity Navigator Launches Impact & Results Beacon

By Richard J. Locastro, CPA, JD, Partner and Director, Nonprofit Tax Charity Navigator has added another beacon as part of the roll out of its new Encompass Rating System – Impact & Results. This follows Charity Navigator’s acquisition of ImpactMatters and identifies high-impact nonprofits who demonstrate “cost-effectiveness”. The Impact & Results beacon currently includes service…

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Charity Navigator Rolls Out New Encompass Rating System

By Katelyn Miller, CPA, MST, Manager, Nonprofit Tax In one of the largest updates in recent memory, Charity Navigator has rolled out the first of four significant changes to their rating system. The Encompass Rating System expands the number of charities the organization rates from 9,000 to 160,000 – the most in its history. What…

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Next Steps for Organizations Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Key Considerations and Tools for Planning a Safe and Productive Return to Workplace Guide   By Melissa Musser, Principal, Risk & Advisory Services Many state and local governments are making plans to open businesses and get the economy moving again. For organizations that have closed their offices and storefronts to work remotely since mid-March, there…

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Consider a Virtual CISO to Meet Your Current Cybersecurity Challenges

By: Melissa Musser, CPA, CITP, CISA, Risk & Advisory Services Principal, and Darren Hulem, IT and Risk Analyst The COVID-19 crisis, with a new reliance on working from home and an overburdened healthcare system, has opened a new door for cybercriminals. New tactics include malicious emails claiming the recipient was exposed COVID-19, to attacks on…

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SBA Provides Clarification on PPP Loan Subjection to Single Audit Requirements

By Tricia Katebini, CPA, MBA, Senior Manager, Audit On May 5, 2020 the Government Audit Quality Center (GAQC), issued an industry alert to professionals that serve organizations subject to Government Auditing Standards. Summarized below are two key items that impact the nonprofit community. PPP loans are not subject to single audits As many are well…

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Retirement Plan Options during the COVID-19 Crisis

By Jennifer McCahill, CPA, Partner Individuals and organizations are looking for ways to gain access to cash during this time of financial and economic uncertainty. As Congress and the Administration discuss additional aid packages, we are seeing changes to the traditional regulations that would allow individuals and organizations to access funds through retirement plans. There…

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OMB offers Relief for Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19

On March 19, 2020, OMB issued M-20-17 authorizing agencies to provide short-term relief for certain administrative, financial management and audit requirements under Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) to recipients (including sub-recipients) affected by a loss of operational capacity due to the COVID-19 crisis. M-20-17 expands the reach of a memo issued earlier this month (M-20-11)…

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Continuity of Operations Considerations for Nonprofits during a Pandemic

Business Continuity Plans (BCP) are important part of risk management and can include scenarios such as pandemics like the coronavirus, government shutdowns, natural disasters and cyberattacks. Risk management planning for a pandemic involves identifying risks and assessing the impact and developing mitigation strategies to manage risks. If your nonprofit does not have a plan in…

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Elements of Successful Nonprofit Cybersecurity

By Darren Hulem, IT & Risk Analyst Nonprofits are more reliant on technology than ever before to deliver on their mission. The integration of digital technology into all aspects of the organization, or digital transformation, provides a number of new opportunities, but it also provides the possibility for additional security issues. Not only are there…

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Getting Started with Enterprise Risk Management, A Guide for Nonprofits