Author Archives: Jennifer Vickery

How to Prepare for a Clean Audit

By Samantha Abraham Many nonprofits will need a financial statement audit to satisfy state regulations, funding requirements or a board’s decision for increased transparency and internal process maturation. The board of directors will likely use an RFP process to find an outside, independent CPA firm with experience in nonprofit accounting,...

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How to Find a Mentor to Foster Your Leadership Aspirations

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Nonprofit organizations have a valuable leadership pipeline that is often untapped: future female leaders. One example of a nonprofit that is doing this right is Rebuilding Together, a national organization that improves the homes of owners with...

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How Nonprofits Can Foster Female Leadership

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Research has shown that leadership teams with gender diversity are stronger and more successful. Despite these operating advantages, the majority of nonprofit organizations still lack diversity at the upper-management level—even in a sector with a mostly female...

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How Individuals Can Become Mental Health Advocates

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Mental health advocates are the number one reason why the stigma surrounding mental illness has significantly decreased over the years. They help the public see that individuals with mental illness are just people and shatter stereotypes around...

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Best Practices for Organizations as Mental Health Advocates

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. The concept of mental health advocacy has developed over the last 30 years to promote human rights of persons with mental disorders, improve services and reduce stigma and discrimination. Consumer and family organizations and related non-government organizations...

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Volunteer Retention and Appreciation

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Many nonprofit organizations rely heavily on the work of volunteers to carry out their missions. Once you realize that the relationship your organization has with your volunteers determines the sustainability of your nonprofit, volunteer retention and appreciation...

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Volunteer Recruitment and Training Best Practices for Nonprofits

By Peter Gamache, Ph.D. & Jackie Sue Griffin, MBA, MS, Turnaround Life, Inc. Nonprofits rely on volunteers to maximize impact while minimizing overhead. Therefore, volunteer recruitment is a crucial component of a successful volunteer program. Finding the right volunteers can come as a challenge and some recruitment methods may be...

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Internal Controls to Prevent Fraud

By Samantha Abraham Now that we’ve explored the fraud triangle and you understand how motivation, opportunity, and rationalization combine to create circumstances for individuals to commit fraud: What do you do to protect your organization? Preventing financial fraud involves removing one of the three elements of the fraud triangle. It’s...

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