Maintain Good Control Practices is Essential for Churches and Non-Profits

July 7, 2012 · Posted in Accounting · Comment 

Each non-profit organization has an obligation to manage integrity for its supporters through appropriate money-handling processes, filing, and auditing. External procedures include the way a non-profit organization represents itself, its mission, as well as its use connected with contributed funds.

An institution should have the ability to promote itself aggressively, without having to use hyperbole or misrepresentations. Internal procedures include everything from handling inbound mail, instruction of phone receptionists, capital and data flow, and controls.

Incoming mail procedures are very important, mainly because the man or woman who retrieves the mail, often is not the one that takes action on bills, donations, or important material. Phone receptions need to be trained to be courteous, as well as be aware of mission of the organization and it is possible to turn for help for any kind of request which may be unusual.

Phone receptionists are significant since they often are the “face” of the particular organization. They are commonly the earliest contact that the outsider has with the organization, and the impression which can be made is valuable. Therefore, training the receptionist should be regarded as a worthwhile investment.

Internal controls on money-handling are many times overlooked. The assumption is that people are honest. While this assumption is oftentimes correct, the desire for money-handling procedures goes beyond characterizing the money-handlers. Keeping an “honest man honest” is one step-above having no procedures. Being able to successfully advertise to the outside world that money-handling procedures are in place, that can be audited, is even closer to the suitable.

In other words, money-handling procedures add to the integrity of the organization. Duties should really be separated. Two non-related people should be involved with every practical part of money handling. Signing privileges should be separated from reporting and data entry. No signers should be allowed to edit the accounting books, for example.

Reporting and audits have three stages of escalating integrity. An internal review shows that reports are viewed by the board of an organization and made available to its constituency. A compilation is the general review by an impartial, outside reviewer, who verifies some level of accounting integrity has taken place. An audit by an third party agency is the very best procedure.

Sometimes it is cost-prohibitive, but it could very well add value to the organization. Record keeping is a needed function for a non-profit organization. There are a number of non-profit software programs that are available on the marketplace to enhance the record-keeping functions. They have good integration with membership communicating and book keeping capabilities. An organization should have a functional software, and robust internal procedures.

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Disabled Veterans National Foundation Provides Support for Veterans Empowering Veterans

February 20, 2012 · Posted in Education · Comment 

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation is pleased to announce more than $70,000 of support given to Veterans Empowering Veterans based in Fayetteville, NC. This DVNF Linkedin delivery included emergency blankets, furniture, candy and personal hygiene products for veterans living in transitional housing.

The programs at Veterans Empowering Veterans help veterans and their families find housing, receive household items, food, clothing and sundry items. The group also ‘empowers’ veterans to look for jobs and enroll in school to continue their education.

“It is programs like Veterans Empowering Veterans in Fayetteville that DVNF aims to support as they provide direct veterans services and support,” said Precilla Wilkewitz, President of DVNF.

“Much like the name suggests, empowering our heroes is the right way to help them. So many of our Veterans who are disabled from their service need assistance they are not getting elsewhere, and often need to be empowered to get the help they need to improve their lives and the lives of their families.”

The Veterans Empowering Veterans group is planning to offer veterans two kinds of housing assistance designed to give them a healthy and safe environment and place to live for up to 24 months or longer. The goals of their Transitional Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing are to help formerly homeless Veterans live in settings where they receive daily meals and support to be a contributing part of the community.

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation is a national foundation dedicated to serving those who have served the United States.

While focusing on disabled, homeless, and women Veterans, the organization works daily to provide resources and services to those who have come home to find themselves in need.

Founded in 2007, the organization is housed in Washington D.C. Funded by donors, the organization provides assistance to shelters, partner organizations, and directly to Veterans who apply for grants.

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Donation for Homeless Veterans Available Across Maine On October 29

December 13, 2011 · Posted in Education · Comment 

BRUNSWICK and TOGUS (October 27 and 29, 2011): Volunteers of America Northern New England and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation are making critical supplies available at no cost to homeless veterans and veterans in need across Maine.

The donation – a full semi-truckload provided by the disabled veterans national foundation – included 874 cases of blankets, new clothes, underwear, hats, shampoo and body wash, bottled water, canvas bags, and more. The total value of this in-kind donation is estimated at $145,000. These items are in great need, especially as winter approaches.

MEDIA INVITATION: We invite you to join us at the Togus Stand Down on Saturday, October 29th as our volunteers and donors distribute these donated items to homeless veterans.

The Stand Down event is made possible across the country by the department of Veterans Affairs. The event, held at Togus, is an opportunity for Maine veterans to meet with many different experts on topics such as medical care, employment, housing, and other support with the goal of becoming independent.

Stand Down runs on October 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a ceremony at 9:00 a.m. to kick-off the event and it will begin winding down by 1:30 p.m. Opportunities for interviews with homeless veterans and participating members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation will be available. (A detailed flyer is attached.)

“This is an amazing donation – one of the largest ever made to homeless veterans in Maine,” said June Koegel, President and CEO or Volunteers of America.

“The need for these items is great. Coordinating their distribution is a perfect example of our mission to bring groups together to serve those in need. We are grateful to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, our distribution partners and our volunteers for helping to make these items available free to Maine veterans. The future potential for additional donations has us very excited for Maine’s veterans.”

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Disabled Veterans National Foundation Announces Support of Homeless Female Veterans

October 21, 2011 · Posted in Education · Comment 

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) announced today the shipment of supplies and support valued at approximately $141,000 to help women veterans who are homeless in the greater Tampa, Florida area. The Tampa Crossroads Athena House provides housing for women with 24-hour assistance, counseling, a place to sleep for up to two years and job placement services.

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation shipment includes essential daily supplies such as sweaters, hats, blankets, clothing, water bottles and personal hygiene products. Officials at The Athena House will distribute the truckload of supplies to women veterans who are in need of help at the facility.

“The Athena House is a prime example of invaluable places in the community where many of our women who serve find assistance and a safe and supportive place to sleep,” said Precilla Wilkewitz, President of the DVNF. “Up to 8,000 women veterans find themselves homeless in America, and there are close to 300 female veterans who are homeless in the Tampa Bay area where The Athena House is making such an important difference.”

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation was founded by women veterans and is dedicated to serving both men and women who serve the country and often find themselves in need of help that is too often lacking in their communities. Any honorably discharged female veteran is eligible to stay at The Athena House.

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation is a national foundation dedicated to serving those who have served the United States.

While focusing on disabled, homeless, and women Veterans, the organization works daily to provide resources and services to those who have come home to find themselves in need. Founded in 2007, the organization is housed in Washington D.C. Funded by donors, the organization provides assistance to shelters, partner organizations, and directly to Veterans who apply for grants.

To learn more about DVNF go here.