Nonprofit accounting is no easy task. Whether you have a full team of CPAs on staff (or if your "accounting department" is just...you), it's a big job to keep track of all your reporting requirements and financial responsibilities. Fortunately, there are many excellent online resources for nonprofits - and best of all, they're free! We've rounded up a few of our go-to websites for accounting tips, advice, and educational opportunities.
The brainchild of the GWSCPA Nonprofit Financial Accountability Task Force, this incredibly in-depth website provides articles and videos organized by topic (audit, financial management, tax filings), in addition to all the fundamental information you need to launch or maintain a healthy nonprofit.
Although some content is restricted to members, many of these articles on accounting, assurance, tax compliance, and nonprofit management are free and accessible to the public.
In addition to the many fantastic tools and resources offered by the National Council of Nonprofits, you can find an extensive list of articles on topics ranging from internal controls to financial literacy for board members.
If your organization uses QuickBooks or QuickBooks Online, you might already be familiar with the QuickBooks Resource Center - a free treasure trove of videos, articles, and step-by-step guides to get the most out of your accounting software. In addition to these QuickBooks-specific guides, the Resource Center and the QuickBooks Blog also offer many general articles about financial management, payroll, and new technology that could be helpful to your organization.
The Financial Management section of Nonprofit Quarterly is a great place to read about overall financial trends in the nonprofit sector and find inspiration for managing your nonprofit finances wisely.