What is good not-for-profit governance? How can organizations spot red flags of bad governance and avoid fraud? PKF Texas Directors, Nicole Riley, CPA, CFE, and Emily Smikal, CPA, shared their insight in our Zoom webinar on May 12, 2021, “Governance Gone Bad: Lessons Learned to Help Your Not-for-Profit.”

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As trusted business advisors, we enjoy working with you to co-create ideas and co-develop innovative solutions for your business. Even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to continue providing valuable information, including upcoming Houston events that we support, and think may be of interest to you.

  • Houston Business Journal
  • Client Exclusive: Not-for-Profit Webinar
  • Holocaust Museum Houston
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • National Association for Corporate Directors

If you have questions about any event details or registration information, the organization-specific contacts are below. We hope to see you at any or all of these Houston events!


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If your not-for-profit periodically prepares internal financial statements for your board, you may have noticed that your auditors propose financial adjustments to these interim statements at year end. Why do auditors do this? Generally, it reflects differences due to cash basis vs. accrual basis financial statements. But you can help minimize the need for such financial adjustments.

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Here’s how.


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Not-for-profit organizations may operate under the assumption that their missions and their board members’ good intentions protect them from litigation. Sometimes, this assumption is proven wrong with a lawsuit. To protect your leaders from financial exposure, consider directors and officers (D&O) liability insurance.

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This coverage allows board members to make decisions without fear that they’ll be personally responsible for any related litigation costs.


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Not-for-profit organizations are different from for-profit businesses in many vital ways. One of the most crucial differences is that under Section 501(c)(3), Sec. 501(c)(7) and other provisions, not-for-profits are tax-exempt. But your tax-exempt status is fragile. If you don’t follow the rules laid out in IRS Publication 557, Tax-Exempt Status for Your Organization, the IRS could revoke it.

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Be particularly alert to the following common stumbling blocks.


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High-net-worth individuals donated $5.8 billion during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic — generous giving by most standards. This is according to a recent report, “Philanthropy and COVID-19 in the first half of 2020,” from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and information service Candid. However, that $5.8 billion amount is deceptive, because nearly three-quarters of it came from one donor, Mackenzie Scott (the ex-wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos).

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In fact, a 2020 study from the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy found that only a relatively small percentage, 36%, of the ultra-wealthy are involved in charitable giving. This may sound like ominous news for not-for-profit organizations. But there are ways to tap this group’s ample resources.


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Nicole Riley, an Audit Director and one of the faces of the PKF Texas not-for-profit team. Nicole, welcome back to the playbook.

Nicole: Hi, good morning.

Jen: Data analytics. You hear that a lot. What are they and how do they impact a not-for-profit organization?


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Many not-for-profits are just starting to emerge from one of the most challenging environments in recent memory due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if your organization is in good shape, don’t get too comfortable. Financial obstacles can appear at any time and you need to be vigilant about acting on certain warning signs.

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Consider the following.


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Jen: This is The PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®. I’m Jen Lemanski, and I’m back again with Nicole Riley, an Audit Director and one of the faces of the PKF Texas not-for-profit team. Nicole, welcome back to the playbook.

Nicole: Thanks. Thanks for having me.

Jen: There’s different departments in a not-for-profit organization. Two of the main ones are finance and development. Why is it important for those two to be collaborative?


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According to the Nonprofit Times, only 41% of not-for-profits have whistleblower policies. Perhaps not-for-profit leaders believe their organizations are too small or collegial to worry about illicit activities — let alone people reporting them.

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Or perhaps a whistleblower policy seems like one more thing that requires time and money they don’t have. This is a mistake. Here’s why.


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