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Keeping Your Nonprofit’s Technology Modern, Safe and Cost-Efficient with an IT Audit

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For smaller or start-up nonprofits, infrastructure elements like information technology (IT) are often small and uncomplicated allowing the greatest flexibility and economy. The bad news is that while the organization is saving money, aging IT systems lack critical security features as well as the strategic and  functional advantages enjoyed by peers who have prioritized IT investments. What should you do if your organization has fallen behind the curve? Like any other large capital expense, the investment you make in IT should play a significant role in helping your organization achieve its mission. To ensure the alignment of investment with mission as well as current needs, small nonprofits should consider the following factors before upgrading or replacing current IT systems, or considering the cloud.

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Beyond the Audit: Nonprofit Accounting, Fraud Awareness, The Auditor’s Perspective
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We are #AuditorProud at GRF!

Every day at GRF, we celebrate our audit staff. But this year, on #AuditorProud Day, we let them tell us why they love being auditors!

“As an auditor, I am proud to serve the public interest through single audits because they are so heavily relied on by federal agencies and the taxpayers.” – Alexander Stansbury, Audit Associate

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The Auditor’s Perspective
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Employers Should Review and Implement the Latest Revisions to the Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on July 17.  Click here to download the revised form.

Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States, including citizens and non-citizens. The employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and to relate to the employee and record the document information on the Form I-9. Employers must also retain Form I-9 for a designated period and make it available for inspection by authorized government officers.

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The Auditor’s Perspective
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Alternatives to the Financial Statement Audit May Offer a Better Solution

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The annual audit of financial statements is required for many organizations, often becoming a process their accounting staff has come to dread. For a lucky group, a review or compilation of their annual financial statements is adequate and is an attractive and less burdensome alternative to an audit. Understanding the difference can save your organization time and money and help you easily navigate many operational activities.

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Beyond the Audit: Nonprofit Accounting
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GRF’s Interns Take DC!

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GRF’s Interns toured the Capitol Building! We went inside the dome and saw statues representing historical figures from each of the United States, carved from marble and bronze. After our guided tour, we went out to lunch nearby. Thanks to our audit and nonprofit tax staff for coming along, too! See below for some of our interns’ thoughts on the experience:

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8 Steps for an Easier Audit

GRF Partners Ian Shuman and John Pace and Senior Manager Elinor Litwack recently presented a webinar on planning for an easier audit. Additional information including the webinar recording and PowerPoint slides are available here.

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Beyond the Audit: Nonprofit Accounting
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Manna Community Service Day!

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GRF’s summer interns got to spend a day volunteering at Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg, MD. They helped by creating boxes of fresh food that Manna’s clients would receive that same day. Manna’s clients include 78,000 Montgomery County residents who experience hunger and food insecurity. GRF is proud to help Manna Food Center in their goal to fight hunger, feed hope and transition recipients from a place of scarcity to prosperity. Check out some photos from the day below!

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The Role of the Form 990: Developing a Strategy for Managing Your Charity’s Rating

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Just like in business, competition in the nonprofit sector is evolving each year. These days, individuals are continuously solicited over social media to volunteer and support various charities. Would-be donors are encouraged by the media and watchdog groups to be more conscious about how the money they give is ultimately used. Charity Navigator, Great Nonprofits and other websites have been gaining popularity among potential donors, who rely on these sources for accurate information to inform their giving decisions.

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Beyond the Audit: Nonprofit Accounting, Tax Talk, The Auditor’s Perspective
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Leveraging an IT Assessment Can Protect Nonprofits from Cybercrime

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“Cybercrime keeps climbing” was the key finding of the 2016 Global Economic Crime Survey recently completed by PwC. In fact, the survey results show cybercrime “jumping from 4th to 2nd place among the most-reported types of economic crimes .” While organizations are embracing new ways to make their operations digital for efficiency and effectiveness, criminals are becoming progressively more skilled at obtaining valuable information. As a result, cybercrimes such as phishing, ransomware, hacking, identify theft and malware are on the rise.

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Beyond the Audit: Nonprofit Accounting
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Chart Your Course to Compliance Under the New Procurement Standards

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Time is up for many nonprofits! The two-year deferral period for implementation of the procurement standards under Uniform Guidance (UG), Title 2, CFR 200 for non-Federal entities was officially over as of January 1, 2017. . Effective immediately, federally funded organizations with a calendar year end of December 31 must implement appropriate policies and procedures to be in compliance. . As your organization begins to review current policies and procedures and consider revisions, your leadership should not underestimate the significance of the new procurement standards, not to mention the staff time and resources required to ensure compliance. . What does procurement look like under the new standards? What can you do to make sure your organization is compliant without causing an unnecessary burden for those involved in your procurement process?

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Beyond the Audit: Nonprofit Accounting
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It’s been a pleasure working with Andreas Alexandrou and his team at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs.

Peter Canine |  Director of Finance
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