Sarbanes-Oxley and Nonprofit Management: Skills, Techniques, and Methods / Edition 1

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Overview

Is your nonprofit organization ready for increased scrutiny, reporting requirements, regulations, and increased expectations from donors? This combination reference/workbook prepares you and shows you how Sarbanes-Oxley best practices can benefit your organization. It includes:

  • A structured description of Sarbanes-Oxley and its implications for nonprofits
  • Detailed discussions on governance, including financial literacy for board members, new standards of accountability for boards, and best practices for nonprofit management
  • Sample documents, procedures, and frameworks to help you implement best practices
  • Worksheets, forms, and resource materials in each chapter
  • A "walk-through" of typical financial statements and sample documents such as a Conflict of Interest policy, board orientation curriculum, a Whistleblower Protection policy, a Document Preservation policy, and a fundraising plan.

Implementing proven best practices stemming from Sarbanes-Oxley can diminish organizational dysfunction, promote a solid infrastructure, and propel your organization to the platinum standard of operations and governance, giving your organization the competitive advantage in today's demanding nonprofit environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471754190
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

PEGGY M. JACKSON, DPA, CPCU, is a consultant and nationally recognized lecturer in risk management, business continuity planning and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for nonprofits. Dr. Jackson has coauthored five books on risk management in nonprofit organizations.  She is a partner with Fogarty, Jackson & Associates and a Principal with Adjunct LLC in San Francisco, CA.  She and Toni Fogarty coauthored Wiley’s Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits (April 2005).

TONI E. FOGARTY, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Affairs and Administration at California State University, East Bay. She serves as the graduate coordinator for the Master of Science in Health Care Administration Program, and teaches courses in health care management, organizational change and development, health care finance and budgeting, research methods, and the legal and ethical aspects of health care. She is a founding partner and CFO of Fogarty, Jackson & Associates and is a nationally recognized lecturer in business continuity planning, distance learning, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for nonprofits.

Jackson and Fogarty coauthored Managing Risk in Nonprofit Organizations and Sarbanes-Oxley for Nonprofits (both published by Wiley).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Preface.

Chapter 1: History and Legislative Background of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Analysis of the Legislative and Regulatory Content of SOX.

Factors that Drove the Swift Passage of SOX.

Implications of SOX for Nonprofits.

Conclusion.

Worksheet: SOX and Relevance to Nonprofit Operations.

Chapter 2: SOX Requirements, Best Practices, and State Legislation.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

What Are Nonprofits Required to Do Under SOX?

SOX Best Practices.

Benefits of Implementing Best Practices—Adding Value to the Nonprofit.

Nonprofits: Current Legislative Environment.

Example of State Legislation—California’s “Nonprofit Integrity Act” (SB 1262).

Conclusion.

Chapter 3: Anatomy of a Dysfunctional Nonprofit: Diagnosing of Organizational Dysfunction.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Organizational Culture.

Conclusion.

Chapter 4: Root Cause Analysis Part I: Three Nonprofit Crises.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

American Red Cross National Headquarters and Post-September 11th Fundraising and Blood Collection.

Background.

United Way of the National Capital Area.

James Beard Foundation.

Factors, Common and Unique, and Lessons Learned.

Conclusion.

Chapter 5: Root Cause Analysis—Part II.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Summary of Finding from Root Cause Analysis—Part I.

Whistleblower Protection.

Document Preservation Policy.

SOX Best Practices.

Conclusion.

Chapter 6: SOX Best Practices and Governance.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Role of the Board in Today’s Nonprofit.

Conclusion.

Chapter 7: SOX Best Practices and the Nonprofit Executive Team.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Conclusion.

Chapter 8: Sarbanes-Oxley Best Practices and Information Technology.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Benefits of Implementing Sarbanes-Oxley Best Practices.

Conclusion.

Chapter 9: Human Resource Management—Sarbanes-Oxley Requirements and Best Practices.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Whistleblower Protection.

Why Individuals Are Reluctant to “Blow the Whistle” on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.

Creating a Confidential Reporting System.

Travel Claims and Reimbursement Policies.

Employees or Independent Contractors? Why the IRS Wants to Know.

Protecting the Privacy of Staff and Volunteers.

Conclusion.

Chapter 10: Sox Best Practices and Fundraising.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

The Changing Legislative Environment’s Impact on Fundraising Practices.

Example of State Law Relative to Fundraising: Provisions of California’s SB 1262 Nonprofit Integrity Act to Fundraising Activities.

The Role of the Board and Executive Team in Providing Oversight and Guidance to a Nonprofit’s Fundraising.

Best Practices and Industry Standards for Fundraising and Development.

Internal Controls and Ethical Considerations for Fundraising.

Conclusion.

Chapter 11: SOX Best Practices and Internal Controls.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Need for an Internal Control System.

Advantages of Adopting SOX Best Practices Regarding Internal Controls.

What Is an Effective Internal Control System?

Committee of Sponsoring Organizations.

Importance of Internal Financial Controls.

Conclusion.

Worksheet 1: Conducting an Internal Control System Review.

Worksheet 2: Questions for the Senior Management and the Board of Directors.

Chapter 12: The Financially Literate Board.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Need for a Financially Literate Board of Directors.

Determining Board Competence in Financial Matters.

Adult Learners and Learning Styles.

Content that Should Be Covered.

Annual Budget.

Conclusion.

Worksheet: Developing a Financial Literacy Training Plan.

Chapter 13: SOX Best Practices and Legal Compliance.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Need for Board Oversight.

Three Duties of the Board of Directors.

The Importance of an Audit.

Working with the IRS.

Working with Attorneys.

Conclusion.

Worksheet: Legal Compliance Review.

Chapter 14: Sox Best Practices and Political Competence.

Chapter Overview.

Chapter Objectives.

Developing Political Competence.

Role of Nonprofits.

Two Components in Political Competence.

Alignment with Others.

Arguments against Exercising Political Competence.

Helpful Websites for the Nonprofit Developing Its Political Competence.

Conclusion.

Worksheet: Pressures for Nonprofit Reform.

Appendix.

Bibliography.

About the Authors.

Index.

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