Information and Resources Useful to Nonprofits

Harmon Burstyn, bay area CPA specializing in nonprofits, recommends the following articles and papers to help nonprofits make sound and informed decisions.

Chief Executive Dos and Don'ts in Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members

December 6, 2022
Recruiting A Stronger Board: A BoardSource Toolkit

DO: Develop networks of people and organizatinos that share similar values... more »

The M Word: A Board Member’' Guide to Mergers

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services

The idea of a merger usually doesn’t just arrive in the boardroom; something brings the idea to the board table. Since merging is such a daunting prospect, and because a merger is often seen as a last resort, most nonprofits undergo some serious thinking before contemplating a merger. more »

Determining an appropriate reserve level for nonprofit organizations

RSM MUSE | February 5, 2019

Setting a financial reserve level is a key process for a nonprofit organization, providing necessary funding to continue operations during a host of potential challenges or taking advantage of strategic opportunities. However, many nonprofits do not have a defined process to establish reserves, exposing the organization to undue risks. more »

How Do You Read and Understand Nonprofit Financial Statements?

Lee Klumpp, CPA, CGMA | BDO USA LLP | Spring 2018

The answer to the question is a complex one, but each individual statement is equally important especially when used in conjunction with the footnotes. However; before we jump into explaining why each statement is important we must first understand why nonprofit (NFP) organizations are different from their for-profit brethren. more »

The Value of Volunteer Time

Independent Sector

The [National Value of Volunteer Time] estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. more »

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Galen Silvestri, Co-Founder & Executive Director
United Roots: Oakland's Youth Impact HUB

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Nicole Ferrara, Executive Director
Walk SF